January 4, 2018

It may not surprise you to know that internal Diversity & Inclusion managers, HR Directors and business leaders are increasingly doubting that their “Unconscious Bias” awareness training has had any lasting impact.

In fact many organisations tell us that little-to-nothing has changed with their diversity data, decision making, and behavioural change.

This lack of real diversity representation change ominously echoes what research has shown. The findings point out that unconscious bias awareness training may actually unintentionally encourage more biased thinking and behaviours. Also, by hearing that others are biased and its ‘natural’ to hold stereotypes, we feel less motivated to change our biases.

A study of 829 companies over 31 years showed that diversity training had “no positive effects in the average workplace.” 

If unconscious bias training has failed to make any meaningful difference to diversity in the workplace – particularly at senior management and board level … why do organisations continue with it?

Our experience tells us there are 7 reasons why unconscious bias training continues to be used despite its history of failure – click here to see the reasons and the solution.

If you are serious about improving diversity and inclusion in your organisation and want to know how to bring it to life, please contact us today for a free, no obligation consultation.

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