Bias

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People are the competitive edge in organizations. Winning companies are capturing the best talent, while others are falling behind because they can’t let go of their preconceived notions about hiring. By clinging to long-standing biases, leaders risk losing out on valuable employees who don’t fit the mold.

April 12, 2018
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SHRM board member David Windley discusses how unconscious bias can derail workplace diversity efforts.

 

February 20, 2018

 


 

Merriam-Webster defines ‘algorithm’ as step-by-step procedure for solving a problem… In an analog world, ask anyone to jot down a step-by-step procedure to solve a problem – and it will be subject to bias, perspective, tacit knowledge, and a diverse viewpoint. Computer algorithms, coded by humans, will obviously contain similar biases.

February 15, 2018

 


 

Responsible employers, among other steps, train managers on their “bystander” obligations. It is not enough to refrain from bad behavior. As a bystander with power, if you see or hear harassing behavior, you must respond to it. But how?

February 5, 2018

 


 

We all know that not all bias is conscious.  Some bias is unconscious—often, referred to as implicit bias. 

This means that we may be engaging in bias without even knowing we are doing so.  This is most likely to occur when we make snap judgments. 

October 11, 2017

This month, we focus on the contributions women have made, including in medicine, law, business, and literature.

But we must do more than recognize these contributions. We must acknowledge that, at least in the business world, the talent women offer is grossly under-utilized and painfully undervalued.

March 14, 2017
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I’ve recently been conducting research related to bias in interviewing and hiring and in doing so uncovered some excellent and surprising information on how to build a greater awareness of ones bias in the hiring process.  This research has also unintentionally helped me develop a more acute awareness of the role of bias and its influence not only in hiring but also beyond.

February 10, 2017
 
 
Have you ever had a situation where you looked at some data and it confirmed what you thought? Or you were interviewing a candidate that belonged to the same sorority you belonged to and she was just as bright as you expected her to be? Or the millennial employee you have is just as spoiled as you expected them to be? If the answer to these questions is “yes”, you may be a victim of “confirmation bias.”
 
December 9, 2016
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I’ve recently been conducting research related to bias in interviewing and hiring and in doing so uncovered some excellent and surprising information on how to build a greater awareness of ones bias in the hiring process.  This research has also unintentionally helped me develop a more acute awareness of the role of bias and its influence not only in hiring but also beyond.

September 28, 2016

 

                    
 

Applying simple wisdom to guide one’s personal and professional integrity

 

September 12, 2016

 

A manager has an open position. He will need to work closely with the new hire.

Alan applies for the job.  The manager truly loathes him.  I could say it softer but that is the reality.

Alan has all the requisite skill, education and experience.  But the sound of Alan’s voice makes the manager’s skin crawl.

Based on his intense dislike for Alan, the manager does not want to interview him, let alone promote him. What do you do?

August 6, 2015

 

I just had the opportunity, no privilege, to talk with Joe Gerstandt in the blogger’s lounge at the SHRM 2015 Annual Conference & Exposition in Las Vegas.  

June 30, 2015

Anonymity Goes from Bullying to Hiring? Why It Can Work for Passive Tech Talent and Startups Hiring

June 25, 2015

 

News Updates
December 22, 2014
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The bias against job candidates who are unemployed—especially those unemployed for six months or longer, regardless of the reason—is “swept under the rug” in HR, where the bias is most prevalent. But employers miss out on talent and a diverse pool of candidates when they turn their backs on this pool of job seekers, said Lindsey Gardner, HR manager for Florida-based TZ Insurance Solutions.

News Updates
November 6, 2014

I am pleased to include a link to an article I wrote last month for Entrepreneur on subtle bias:  How Entrepreneurs Can Spot Subtle Bias 

The focus is on what I collectively call “micro-indignities”: micro-inequities and micro-aggressions.

There are often are complex definitions for these terms. But the definitions can be simplified.

October 16, 2014

Some of the folks that I get the most resistance from when talking about bias are recruiters and hiring managers. They love to say things like “bigotry is stupid and bad business,” and “I just want to hire the best person for the job,” and “I don’t care about race.”

July 21, 2014
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