Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: UB Training Exercises
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Unconscious Bias in the Workplace: UB Training Exercises

Focused on unconscious bias training exercises and practical activities.
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Created by Ermin Dedic
Last updated 1/2020
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 2 articles
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  • Assignments
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Differentiate between bias, prejudice, and discrimination
  • Be able to apply multiple explanations/lenses when discussing unconscious bias
  • Be able to apply these explanations to create activities to combat/reduce bias in the short-term
  • Gain an appreciation of how work networks are critical for long-term change
  • No. Just an open-mind

Unconscious Bias in the Workplace; Unconscious Bias Training Exercises begins by considering what unconscious bias is and considers real life examples of the types of unconscious bias particularly common in the workplace.

Our unconscious bias training exercises are broken down into whether they are effective in reducing unconscious bias in the short-term or long-term. In one particular lesson (Proximal vs. Distal explanations of Phenomena), Ermin breaks down the science and reasoning for why some strategies for reducing unconscious bias are only short-term and why others are long-term.

Throughout the course, Ermin relies on different strategies to raise awareness and combat unconscious bias. There is a clear focus on education, in particular how human behavior and unconscious bias are related, critical thinking, and practical activities. Short-term solutions are more about awareness and action to reduce bias, while long-term solutions are more about building social networks of influence that make permanent change more likely.

Who this course is for:
  • Individuals interested in how unconscious bias presents itself in the workplace
  • Individuals interested in unconscious bias training exercises
Course content
Expand all 14 lectures 46:18
+ Introduction
3 lectures 10:36

In this lesson I discuss what unconscious bias is and related terms that are easy to confuse.

Preview 04:09

Defining Unconscious Bias Quiz

Defining Unconscious Bias Quiz
3 questions
I discussed the affinity bias in the 'Defining Unconscious bias' video. I asked you a couple of questions and I would love to see a discussion around this. All comments left on padlet are anonymous unless you want to leave your name.
Activity #1 - Affinity Bias Discussion
1 question

So you can fully appreciate why some solutions work more in the short-term, and why others are needed for more long-term change, I discuss the proximal vs. distal factors when considering human behavior.

Proximal vs. Distal Explanations of Phenomena

Proximal vs. Distal Quiz

Proximal vs. Distal Quiz
1 question
+ Unconscious Biases in the Workplace
5 lectures 15:57

Halo effect is all about our general impressions impacting how we see specific attributes in people.

Halo Effect

I want you to look at these two images. The two images represent two hurricanes that occurred. I want you to look carefully and tell me which hurricane is more dangerous in your estimation.

Activity #2 Hurricane Image Evaluation

Which hurricane is more dangerous?

Hurricane Image Evaluation
1 question

Labeling can be particularly problematic because it effects our expectations about people.

Labeling Bias

This is probably the most common implicit bias that we all have.

Preview 04:59
One way to be more aware of, and combat, confirmation bias is is to consider the value/benefit a deeply-held belief brings to us, even if we can't provide factual or literal evidence for believing in it.
Activity #3 Confirmation Bias
1 question
To answer this activity question properly requires figuring out the main culprit that drives us to make erroneous associations/correlations between different variables (ie people and behavior).
Activity #4 Illusory Correlation
1 question

We often associate things that have no real association. This often happens to us when an event is rare.

Illusory Correlation
+ Short-Term Solutions
1 lecture 02:33

Why and how findings on neuroplasticity give us hope and direction when thinking about short-term solutions for unconscious bias.

Neuroplasticity (Offers proximal solutions for reduction in unconscious bias)
This is an activity that gets you to counter stereotypes you hold. We all hold stereotypes. Do not be ashamed of this. I want you to think of a stereotype you hold, and in detail think of an individual who counters the stereotype. Ideally, the individual is someone you know/have known.
Activity #5 Counter-Stereotypical Exemplars Activity
1 question
+ Long-Term Solutions
3 lectures 09:53
Evolution (Offers distal solutions for reduction in unconscious bias)
Humans are selective when it comes to choosing who they will interact with. Context, or the situation, is critical in determining who we select. Therefore, understanding what traits are appealing, based on the context, allows us to create networks of influence. Please take a look at the question.
Activity #6 Networks of Influence
1 question
Networks of Influence

Some resources to better understand how to create Networks of Influence.

Some Resources (Networks of Influence)
+ Wrap-up
2 lectures 07:18
Changes you can make without changing Culture

In this lecture, I leave you with some key takeaways.

Key Takeaways