Understanding and tackling Gender Bias in the workplace
What you'll learn
- Understand how bias and stereotypes affect our decisions, behaviour and relationships
- Understand the impact of gender bias in the workplace and the business case for tackling it
- Hone their ability to objectively assess people’s strengths, skills and potential
- Recruit, retain and advance the best people, regardless of gender
- Make decisions that are well-informed, fair and sustainable
- Know how to tackle gender bias both at an individual and at an organisational level
- The course does not require learners to have any specific software or other materials.
- Learners may wish to familiarise themselves with the concept of unconscious bias before taking the course, as this will give them a helpful grounding in the subject area.
The belief that there are fundamental and universal differences between the sexes is a popular one. But it’s a belief that lacks scientific backing and one that continues to underpin gender inequality and discrimination, both in the workplace and in society. This course looks at the nature of gender bias, how it affects both individuals and organisations and what we can do to reduce its impact on our relationships and decision-making.
Studies have shown that contrary to popular stereotypes, there are no differences at all in terms of women’s and men’s cognitive abilities. What’s more, the gendered roles that today appear immutable have not always been so - history tells us that prior to the industrial revolution, men and women performed a wide range of mutually interchangeable roles, and that even 100 years ago, jobs that today are seen as typically ‘female’ were done almost exclusively by men. Yet today’s workplace remains hampered by perceptions of gender-specific roles and broadly accepted ‘norms’ of gender behaviour, and organisations and individuals are suffering as a result.
In this course from Skill Boosters, Professor Binna Kandola and Dr Jo Kandola explain how today’s gender inequality stems not from biology and evolution but from artificial social constructs and show how challenging gender bias and dismantling gender stereotypes can deliver huge benefits at both an individual and organisational level.
This course looks at:
- Why we carry around gender stereotypes and how they affect us
- The impact of gender bias in the workplace and the business case for tackling it
- Why addressing our bias helps us to assess people’s strengths, skills and potential more objectively and ensure that we recruit, retain and advance the best people
- How to make sure that the decisions that we make are well-informed, fair and sustainable
- Practical techniques for identifying and addressing bias at an individual and organisational level
Who this course is for:
- Anyone who wants to gain a better understanding of gender bias.
- Anyone who wants to understand how gender bias impacts on our decisions and behaviour the workplace
- Anyone who wishes to improve their ability to identify and address their own biases and those of other people
At Skill Boosters we work with leading subject matter experts to design, develop and deliver effective video based training for the workplace. We are passionate about delivering impactful training which helps to build productive, tolerant and inclusive individuals, teams and workplaces and which improves lives and life chances.
Our courses combine video drama, expert analysis, documentary sequences and interactive study to provide flexible, cost-effective training that engages, informs and inspires our learners.
Skill Boosters courses and resources are trusted by many of the world's leading organisations to develop and improve the skills and behaviours of their people.
Pearn Kandola is recognised to have exceptional expertise in three specialist areas: Assessment, Development and Diversity. This three-way input provides a unique insight into human resource matters, and equips us to fulfil our mission to enable organisations and people to succeed by recognising their strengths, developing their potential and valuing diversity.
Since our foundation in 1984, the firm has been acknowledged, by clients and by the profession of business psychology, as one of the most successful and forward-thinking in the field, maintaining our leading edge position in our three main areas of expertise: Assessment, Development and Diversity.
The Bias Gym is on a mission to eradicate bias in organisations. We research, develop and apply scientifically proven approaches to address bias thus giving organisations the confidence that they are investing in the most appropriate and effective methods to combat bias in their business. When organisations are inclusive and free from bias their people and their business thrives. The Bias Gym can help you diminish bias in your organisation.