At any given moment, our brains are receiving 11 million pieces of information. We can only consciously process about 40 of those pieces and to process the remaining 10,999,960 we rely on our subconscious, which helps us filter information by taking mental shortcuts.
Unconscious bias refers to the information, attitudes, and stereotypes that inform our subconscious information processing and dictates the process by which we take these mental shortcuts. While unconscious or implicit bias is a part of human functioning, the shortcuts we take, and the bias that informs those shortcuts, often introduce errors into our decision-making.
Authored by Joelle Emerson of Paradigm, this guide is a practical and easy to read summary of the principles of unconscious bias and how those principles impact our workforce. For example, unconscious bias impacts recruitment and often leads to the leaky diversity funnel. It also impacts team dynamics and can lead to mansplaining. Lastly, unconscious bias impacts career development and advancement, which inevitably leads to poor retention among women and people of color and a lack of inclusion in the leadership ranks of an organization.