Every person has unconscious biases that they carry with them everywhere they go. They even bring them to work. This bias doesn't automatically make you guilty of any of the ‘ism’s, but it does mean that bias influences and informs how you process the world and the decisions you make. It happens to everyone … because you're human. And while an individual's aim may not be to discriminate against a group or individual, the odds are there will be mistakes along the way, especially if an individual doesn't believe they have bias or hasn't done any work to understand their own biases.
The good news is that we can do something about it. The more we expose ourselves to our own unconscious bias and challenge negative stereotypes when we see them in the workplace, the better functioning and ultimately higher performing our organizations will be.
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