9 Types of Unconscious Bias Managers Need To Be Aware Of

If you have workplace positional authority over others and you tend to use your ‘gut feeling‘ then you are likely making decisions on the basis of unconscious bias.

The best way to avoid these unconscious biases is to become aware of them and take action to prevent them happening when making decisions.

Affinity bias also known as similarity bias is the tendency people have to only connect with others who share similar:

  • interests
  • experiences
  • backgrounds

Confirmation bias is the inclination to draw conclusions about a situation or person based on your own personal:

  • desires
  • stereotypes
  • beliefs
  • prejudices

Attribution bias is a where you try to make sense of or judge a person’s behavior based on prior observations and interactions you’ve had with that individual that make up your perception of them.

Conformity bias is the tendency people have to act similar to the people around them regardless of their own personal beliefs or idiosyncrasies — also known as peer pressure.

Gender bias is the tendency to prefer one gender over another gender.

Ageism bias in the workplace is the tendency to have negative feelings about another person based on their age.

Name bias is the tendency people have to judge and prefer people with certain types of names — typically names that are of Anglo origin.

Beauty bias is a social behavior and thinking where by people believe that attractive people are more:

  • successful
  • competent
  • positive
  • capable
  • qualified

Height bias or heightism is the tendency to judge a person who is significantly shorter or taller than the socially-accepted human height.

We recommend sourcing a Leeds based training company specialising in Unconcious Bias Training for the best results.

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