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Unconscious bias

Author: Snéha Khilay

This line manager briefing can be adapted for use in your organisation, subject to the XpertHR terms and conditions of use.

Introduction

All individuals, including you in your role as a line manager, make unconscious choices that discriminate in favour of, or against, certain characteristics in a person or a group. As a result of these unconscious biases, processes such as recruitment, promotion, work allocation, performance reviews and redundancies are not conducted in a fair or consistent manner.

By acknowledging and addressing the unconscious biases that you, or others, have, you are helping to create an organisation that attracts, retains and nurtures the right skills irrespective of any differences, visible or invisible.

This briefing is intended to help you realise the value to you and your organisation of identifying and tackling unconscious bias, ensuring that you act fairly and within the law.