Bias at work: conscious and unconscious

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Hello all!

My topic for today is bias at work and the different types of bias.

Bias is one of the biggest barriers to productivity in the work environment, and it's unfair. It is intended to lean in favour or against a person or group, and the bias is divided into two kinds: a conscious bias that you are aware of and intend to do or an subconscious/unconscious bias you do without realizing.

How do we bias without realizing? Your subconscious mind searches for recurring patterns and influences your behavior, whether you like it or not, without your realizing it. So we find ourselves subconsciously, biased towards people who have traits similar to ours, and who live a lifestyle close to our own. An example of this is the gender bias in the office. An assertive woman may be seen as aggressive, while an assertive man may be seen as confident! This stereotype is very prevalent in business environments. Also, according to a recent study, male scientists pay more attention to the opinions of their male colleagues than their female colleagues, which leads to these companies missing out on many great ideas.

And finally, my question for today: How do we reduce the ways of bias at work?

How can we break unconscious biases if we do them without realising?

Comments (72)

  • Olivia-Avatar.jpg Olivia @ Topical Talk
    11 Mar 2022

    This is a very good point to bring up - sometimes we're biased without even knowing about it! I have a added an extra question for everyone to discuss! Well done.

    1. British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      Olivia @ Topical Talk's comment 16 Mar 2022

      And I think am also a victim of subconscious bias and I would like to correct the unduly stereotypes on the female gender

      1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
        affable_atmosphere's comment 21 Mar 2022

        What kind or kinds of unconscious bias do you believe that you are a victim of? What female gender stereotypes would you like to correct?

        1. British Council.jpg affable_atmosphere | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
          James @ KPMG's comment 21 Mar 2022

          The stereotype of women not being able to participate in politics

          1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
            affable_atmosphere's comment 21 Mar 2022

            Although there are many more male than female politicians in the world, there have been many female political leaders, including Indira Gandhi in India, Angel Merkel in Germany, Ellen Sirleaf in Liberia, Christina Fernandez de Kirchner in Argentina and many more. In many parts of the world, women have not only been politicians, they have led their countries.

  • British Council.jpg constructive_moth | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    11 Mar 2022

    Indeed, one cannot be completely free from bias as some are done unconsciously(unconscious bias). The best thing to do in my opinion is to enlighten ourselves more on the different types and forms of bias and how it affects our perspective and day-to-day perception of things. Doing this will reduce the rate at which bias is done unconsciously.

    1. British Council.jpg quickwitted_iceberg | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
      constructive_moth's comment 17 Mar 2022

      I agree with constructive moth on this one. One really can't be free from unconscious bias if we do them without realising them. However, we can help to curb this problem by first of all researching on the types and forms of biases that we do unconsciously (just as constructive moth has pointed out to us). When we do this (research, enlightenment), then we don't stop there but we make conscious efforts to break the pattern. I believe that by making these conscious efforts to stop this misbehaviour (repeating them over and over again), then it becomes a habit. When this is done, then I believe heartily that the rate at which unconscious biases are done will be reduced.

  • British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    14 Mar 2022

    What is unconscious bias?

    Relive the memories of your life and try to remember all the information that has run through your mind since you were born.

    It is, of course, an impossible task; Your brain has received an incalculable amount of information about the world throughout your life, and this information comes from your interactions with your parents when you were young, school, work, television, the Internet, friends, strangers, books, movies, and a million other things.

    Your brain has used all that information to form associations and patterns that help you understand the way the world is going, and these associations are so deeply embedded in your mind that you can act without your conscious mind thinking at all.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    14 Mar 2022

    Well, I thought, since there is bias at work, does this bias have negative effects, the most important of which are:

    1. The outbreak of disputes between colleagues within the work environment, which may lead to disputes or conflicts that take on multiple colors, and may exacerbate and lead some to leave work, absenteeism, withdrawal or self-reliance.

    2. The negative impact on the career path of some individuals by preventing them from being promoted, incremented, or appointed to a specific job because of this bias or that, and this effect is dangerous and destructive to the psyche, as the employee feels unfair, which must be prevented through tight legalization and strictness in its application and evaluation of the degree of commitment its procedures, especially in Arab environments with a tribal character!

    3. The enormous psychological pressures that result from prejudices, which occurs as a result of the individual being subjected to certain pressures for a long time, even if those pressures are few, so what matters is the length of the stress!

    1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
      appreciative_pear's comment 21 Mar 2022

      appreciative_pear, well done for carefully considering the implications of bias!

  • British Council.jpg inventive_analysis | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    15 Mar 2022

    Unconscious or implicit biases, are attitudes that are held subconsciously and affect the way individuals feel and think about others around them. I know that bias can not be stopped if it is unconscious but there also different ways to avoid unconscious bias, which are:
    1. Actively taking notes of the similarities you share with your co worker so that you can differentiate between attributes that may cloud your judgement.
    2. Experiences and unique qualities that would contribute to your team as a “culture add” rather than “culture fit".

  • British Council.jpg sincere_spring | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    15 Mar 2022

    Unconscious bias usually occurs when people do not have a definite idea on what bias. But all this can be solved when workers are enlightened on bias and why they should not be bias. I have also noticed that excluding a particular gender from doing a particular task probably because of the misconceptions that people have about that gender is a very great problem that needs to be solved. Employers should make meetings inclusive to all genders and employers should also be sincere about hiring and promoting workers.

  • British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    15 Mar 2022

    I believe that if at your work place there is unconscious bias or conscious bias then you speak up and make it known that there is a problem somewhere ,you say things like [what makes me different from him ] that is for a scenario where women can not get to a post where men have gotten to . If it is an unconscious bias it would be taken as something that needs change and penalties can we put in place for anyone who takes the other gender as lower than the other . To me this could be one of the best ways to stop unconscious bias at work places .

    1. avatar.jpg Alice @ KPMG
      victorious_wilddog's comment 16 Mar 2022

      Thank you for your comment @victorious_wilddog. You have suggested that encouraging people to speak up when they experience bias or using penalties could prevent unconscious bias in the workplace.
      Can you explain how these ideas would prevent unconscious bias in the workplace?

      1. British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        Alice @ KPMG's comment 17 Mar 2022

        Most people work to get money and feed their families , no one want their family to stay hungry. I believe that if penalties are attached they will do everything right so that they will not get fired and their families will not suffer.

        1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
          victorious_wilddog's comment 17 Mar 2022

          That's an interesting point, victorious_wilddog. Can you give an example for what you think a good penalty would be?

          1. British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
            Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 18 Mar 2022

            I think that many penalties can be put in place but the best would be to dismiss them from the office.

    2. British Council.jpg dedicated_maths | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
      victorious_wilddog's comment 17 Mar 2022

      Can you explain how these ideas which would prevent unconscious bias in the workplace ???????

      1. British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
        dedicated_maths's comment 18 Mar 2022

        Unconscious bias is unsupported judgments in favor of or against one thing, person, or group as compared to another, in a way that is usually considered unfair. when penalties are attached to bias people will be more careful with what the say so they do not have to suffer the penalties attached to it.

        1. avatar.jpg Olga @ KPMG
          victorious_wilddog's comment 22 Mar 2022

          That is interesting, victorious_wilddog. You say that, if a penalty such as dismissal from the job is in place for people acting on unconscious bias, their colleagues will be more careful with what they say to avoid being dismissed as well. However, we are talking about bias that everyone has without realizing it, so it may (and does) happen even when we try to be careful. Do you think that dismissal is an appropriate penalty for every single case of unconscious bias? If not, what other ideas would you propose to try to stop unconscious bias at work?

          1. British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
            Olga @ KPMG's comment 23 Mar 2022

            For the first time an individual dose unconscious bias he should be given a serious warning( but a private one), the next time the same individual should do such he should be publicly warned then if such person should do it again it would be very clear that such person dose not want to lean so there are two options either dismiss the person or suspended

            1. tom Tom @ Topical Talk
              victorious_wilddog's comment 23 Mar 2022

              Is this fair, given that unconscious bias is something we can't always control?

              1. British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
                Tom @ Topical Talk's comment 24 Mar 2022

                That is why I said for the first time the person should go with just a warning but a good way for us to overcome unconscious would be to move people regularly from one section of the organization to another so the get to meet new people and meet different cultures and new point of views before the have time to unconsciously put some one through bias they would have moved and meet new people.

            2. British Council.jpg intuitive_dinosaur | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
              victorious_wilddog's comment 26 Mar 2022

              I have a question do you think people who do bias without knowing do it intentionally or they really have no idea

              1. British Council.jpg victorious_wilddog | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
                intuitive_dinosaur's comment 28 Mar 2022

                some people have no idea that they do bias meanwhile some others know what they are doing but the just want others to fell bad

  • British Council.jpg extraordinary_squirrel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    15 Mar 2022

    In my own opinion there are solutions to problems or ways to reduce a problem, for example the organization can put in place measures or ways to reduce bias like ensuring transparency in hiring and promoting their employees, the employers should not hire or promote base on gender or race because If you are proactively recruiting or employing professionals from diverse backgrounds and experiences, being transparent about it will build your employees’ trust and the rate of bias will reduce. The organizations should offer a means for making anonymous complaints because it provides a safe space for employees to report an issue without fear of retaliation, the organization should make sure employees understand stereotyping, the foundation for bias because when the employees are educated about stereotyping can raise awareness and keep people mindful of their stereotyping behaviors and perceptions.

    1. avatar.jpg Olga @ KPMG
      extraordinary_squirrel's comment 22 Mar 2022

      Thank you for your comment, extraordinary_squirrel. You make very good points about companies ensuring transparency in the hiring process and increasing awareness about bias and stereotyping. Can you elaborate a bit on your idea of offering a means for making anonymous complaints? How would you make it work to ensure that employees feel free to report without fear of retaliation while avoiding it being misused to make false accusations?

  • British Council.jpg extraordinary_squirrel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    15 Mar 2022

    Many people have unconscious biases that have been with them since childhood, which they absorb by observing their social, familial and institutional environments, according to Bailey Reiners "it can also color the emotional and rational responses of individuals in everyday situations and affect their behavior", so for me, how I feel it can be broken first is by changing their mindset and behaviour which was developed at a tender age.

  • British Council.jpg dynamic_peach | Ramallah Basic Girl School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Mar 2022

    There was prejudice in terms of skin colour, gender, or country. For example, if a mother was pregnant, she went to the doctor, and he said to her: If the baby is a girl, go to another doctor and I do not have it.

    1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
      dynamic_peach's comment 21 Mar 2022

      Thank you for your comment, dynamic_peach. How do you think that we reduce bias at work?

  • British Council.jpg fabulous_flight | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    15 Mar 2022

    We all agree that prejudice is acquired from our childhood, whether conscious bias or subconscious bias, the solution is very simple We must educate our children from an early age on impartiality so that everyone will have equality If children are brought up from an early age on this automatically, we will collectively gain equality in everything, regardless of gender, religion or race.

  • British Council.jpg confident_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    15 Mar 2022

    From my point of view, no one is free from mistakes, because everyone makes mistakes, but we must learn from the mistake and not repeat it. Sometimes we are biased and we don't know it so we must pay attention to what we say in order not to hurt the feelings of others. We must always be careful.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    15 Mar 2022

    Well the question was how do we reduce bias at work First I'm going to imagine myself as a manager who tests the candidate for the job: Candidates tests are a simple set of tests that simulate the tasks the employee will do at his job and it's the best way to combat bias and look at the qualifications of the candidate, and in your selection of the employee you will compare between Candidates based on their qualifications and suitability for the job and will not select the employee based on other characteristics such as gender, age, etc. Standardize interviews: unstructured interviews that lack specific questions that contribute to bias. It is not acceptable to ask each candidate questions that are different from the questions you have asked other candidates. Therefore, you should specify one set of questions for each job title and ask these questions to the candidates in a balanced way to be fair during evaluation.

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      appreciative_pear's comment 18 Mar 2022

      I am of the opinion that we cannot control everyone in their behavior or prevent them from bias. These are involuntary matters within a person. I say the most important of that and suggest that there should be deterrent penalties for people who are biased, especially in the field of work for certain individuals.

      1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
        willing_imagination's comment 21 Mar 2022

        Thank you, willing_imagination. What kind of penalties do you have in mind? Is it fair to penalise someone on the basis of beliefs that they have held all their lives? (I am not saying that there is a right or wrong answer to this).

        1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
          James @ KPMG's comment 21 Mar 2022

          It may be fair to give a woman priority in work if she is qualified for it more than a man, and for men this is a punishment and they should be paid a wage according to their abilities.

    2. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
      appreciative_pear's comment 21 Mar 2022

      Well done, appreciative_pear! You have identified ways of helping to remove bias from recruitment. For example, if the tests were multiple choice, then success or failure would amount to counting the number of correct answers. Even where multiple choice was not possible, the tests could be anonymised (the name could be replaced with a code only known to a computer), and this would also minimise bias.
      You are also right that having structured interviewed questions, preferably the same questions given to all candidates would improve fairness.
      Some employers which want to minimise bias do some or all of these things.

  • British Council.jpg successful_globe | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    16 Mar 2022

    Well done ♡, bias is a big concept that includes many and many meanings, and you have given us two types of bias, conscious bias and unconscious bias, these two biases negatively affect our society. Society, unconscious bias: It expresses the biased group that does not feel biased, for example, this group may think that it stands against bias to spread equality, but it does not know that bias is its goal, we can eliminate bias by spreading equality between young and old, then, how will we spread equality? And do you know other types of sexism?! Always the impact of prejudice and its types on society??!

  • St Michael's Middle School remarkable_badger | St Michael's Middle School A | United Kingdom
    16 Mar 2022

    In my opinion businesses should do more to help this issue, doing things like having females lead meetings so they can take all views into account or listening to women when they complain about this.

    1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
      remarkable_badger's comment 21 Mar 2022

      That could help with gender bias, although there may be gender bias in the area of recruiting females in the first place. What other kinds of bias do you think exist?

  • British Council.jpg unbiased_coconut | Baalbeck Second Public High School | Lebanon
    16 Mar 2022

    About 40 percent of labor force in lebanon seems to be women.
    Although ,the lebanese law ( after the civil war 1975- 1990 ) eliminates discrimination against women in all aspects of life ,lebanese women still suffer from gender inquality ,especially in non - governmental organizations .For instance ,women in private sectors of they give birth they can' t complete their maternel leave .But they are obliged to come after 15 days to workplace . To add,they are also obliged to have another person in their places ( during their absence ) .
    In my oppinion ,the solution lies in the institution feeling the pain that the woman feels after childbirth and prolonging the period (10-15 days) to become sufficient .

    1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
      unbiased_coconut's comment 21 Mar 2022

      How would an institution feel the pain of childbirth?

  • British Council.jpg incredible_trumpet | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    16 Mar 2022

    Most times unconscious biases are as a result of our mentality and what we chose to believe in and the environment we find ourselves to matters. In other to reduce this unconscious biases we as individuals should learn to be open minded to change and accept people for who they are and not what they are not, if someone learns to see the good side rather than the bad it will help this issue.
    As for conscious bias most times this acts are intentional by most times the opposite gender, they should learn to be idealist and not stereotype every action of the opposite sex and they should also give room and opportunities to women having a listening ear towards their ideas will go a long way.

  • British Council.jpg emotional_tornado | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    17 Mar 2022

    Who does not know prejudice I will tell about prejudice is inequality and completely against equality and against human rights and against the promotion of human rights men and women are responsible for building in society, so we can say that prejudice leads to the ruin of families in all countries, of course there is a bias in that the man must take His rights as well as women, not only men or not only women, not only women now Do you understand the meaning of bias bias leads to also not promoting human rights, which is a very, very, very ugly thing now, can you tell me about the negatives of bias?

    1. British Council.jpg willing_imagination | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
      emotional_tornado's comment 23 Mar 2022

      I apologize my friends, my comment was repeated, and the problem was from the phone, so it was repeated twice

  • British Council.jpg intuitive_dinosaur | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
    17 Mar 2022

    By respecting both females and their ideas

    1. avatar.jpg James @ KPMG
      intuitive_dinosaur's comment 21 Mar 2022

      There are many kinds of bias, such as bias relating to religion. How do we reduce the ways of other biases at work?

      1. British Council.jpg intuitive_dinosaur | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
        James @ KPMG's comment 23 Mar 2022

        I think women are looked down on as weak at least some people do think that but women should be respected and treated fairly so what I am saying is that maybe to stop bias we have to respect them and their choices bot public and private

      2. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        James @ KPMG's comment 27 Mar 2022

        Good! There are many types of bias
        bias towards close ones
        As human beings, we are attracted to those who resemble us, whether this resemblance in appearance, qualities, or beliefs, as we tend more to work and talk with those who are compatible with us.

        As product managers sometimes involuntarily we also believe that our customers are similar to us and therefore we expect their needs and behaviors to be very similar to our needs and behaviors or the needs or behaviors of those close to us, which is known as affinity bias

        As an example of falling into this kind of bias, as product managers we expect that users will use the product the same way we do or if they are looking for an item to buy they will use the same words we use to describe that item. Also, relying only on the circle of those close to us who are like us in discussing and solving users' problems is one of the signs of falling into the trap of convergence bias.

  • British Council.jpg fearless_mulberry | Makini Academy | Kenya
    17 Mar 2022

    I feel like we can break unconscious biases if we are given the right knowledge. Because I feel like unconscious biases are made because we do not know we are doing wrong, but if we get the right knowledge towards this topic, we may be able to break unconscious biases

    1. British Council.jpg intuitive_dinosaur | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
      fearless_mulberry's comment 23 Mar 2022

      Yes you are right ,people do not know because they are not fed with enough knowledge about bias or maybe some may use it as joke which can hurt

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    17 Mar 2022

    Good question and good job. Thank you 🤗

  • British Council.jpg dedicated_maths | State Experimental Basic 2 School | Ghana
    17 Mar 2022

    Can you tell me the negative about bias?

    1. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
      dedicated_maths's comment 18 Mar 2022

      Well, you can. Prejudice has its downsides, for example.
      Public relations
      Negative bias can have a profound effect on your relationships. The bias may lead you to expect the worst in others, especially in close relationships in which people have known each other for a long time.

      For example, you might passively anticipate how your partner will react to something and start reacting and building defenses and find yourself on high alert, when that thing you expected hasn't happened yet, and may not happen at all.

      When it comes to relationships, it is important to remember that negative comments usually have a lot more importance than positive ones, it is also important to be aware of our tendency to focus on the negative side.

  • British Council.jpg diligent_library | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    19 Mar 2022

    Most people are bias without realizing it because they have made judgements based on their opinion and not facts. If u have made a judgement based on your opinion that "someone is dirty you are most likely to treat the person with people treat the person with disgust" . One way I feel we can stop unconscious bias at work is getting to know your colleagues and their interest that is having good listening skills and try to understand everybody's opinion and point of view about work related matters and this gives better and faster development to the organization.

  • British Council.jpg outspoken_shrimp | Marka Prep. Girls School 2 | Jordan
    20 Mar 2022

    Thank you for your attention on this issue❤️

  • British Council.jpg extraordinary_squirrel | Rhemaville Christian Academy | Nigeria
    23 Mar 2022

    Employees can submit complaints anonymously via on online portal, through this method or way, businesses can get complaints their employees have on how to improve their working environments. Honesty and transparency is key in an organization and employees need to be honest and transparent in all they do so the employees need to be honest when laying complaints and not lay false accusation.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    23 Mar 2022

    Well for me if I'm drawing unconscious bias I will work to reduce it and I suggested these suggestions
    1. Read about unconscious bias, learn about it, and accept it.
    2- I educate myself by reading and discussing with people from different backgrounds and with diverse ideas.
    3- Identify biases that may affect you as a human being, by doing an implicit bias test, so that you can learn about individual perceptions that may be affected by your unconscious bias. Arm this information so that you can address it, and work to address it.
    Awaken your awareness of your own biases, think about the possible effects of these biases, try to evaluate your behavior, and ask yourself each time whether your bias affects your interactions with this person, or your decision in this matter.

  • British Council.jpg emotional_tornado | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    25 Mar 2022

    Today I came to tell you about the negative aspects of prejudice. Prejudice is a very ugly thing that leads to the destruction and disintegration of families. It is completely against gender equality and against the promotion of human rights. It leads to the disintegration of human rights and prejudice is a very difficult thing. Sometimes a person commits suicide. Normal

    1. katie.jpg Katie @ Topical Talk
      emotional_tornado's comment 25 Mar 2022

      You say you've mentioned the negative aspects of prejudice - does this mean that there are some positive aspects too?

      1. British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 27 Mar 2022

        I don't think that there are pros and cons, but rather that there are downsides. In order to limit the bias and prejudice you hold yourself, it may help you to identify and understand the impact of your bias on others. Being a victim of prejudice or overt discrimination can damage your mental health.

        Exposure to prejudice and discrimination leads to a lack of self-confidence and depression, in addition to it may deprive the victim of adequate health care, housing, education, and employment.

        Being involved in a situation where someone is biased against them can cause them to lose control of themselves.

        Remember that if you are biased against others, it can lead to serious consequences for them.

      2. British Council.jpg emotional_tornado | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 30 Mar 2022

        No, there are certainly no positive aspects to motivation, because they are all ugly. It leads to equalization. The promotion of human rights and the disintegration of families and sometimes leads to suicide. What are you saying that it has positives? No, of course, all negatives

      3. British Council.jpg emotional_tornado | Maghazi Prep Girls B | Occupied Palestinian Territory
        Katie @ Topical Talk's comment 15 Apr 2022

        No, of course, all of them are negative, there is no positive that leads to the destruction of society, the destruction of families, and inequality

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    26 Mar 2022

    Nowadays, one can often come up with a biased attitude at work. The human factor has always been of great importance in any work activity, for example, such traits as psychological ability to interact, value system, as well as criteria for evaluating the people around them differ. Hence, there may be anticedents of bias. As a result, the project team is immersed in intrigues, which occupy a significant part of the time that it is better to spend performing official tasks. There are also frequent cases when representatives of some professions are biased in relation to the subject of their activity, and this destroys the development of mastery.

  • British Council.jpg appreciative_pear | Shouka Prep Girls School | Occupied Palestinian Territory
    30 Mar 2022

    There are many stereotypes that women are placed in today, and one of the most prevalent is that women are solely responsible for household chores and childcare, which inevitably affects the time they can spend on developing their careers. In fact, cooking and cleaning are non-gendered activities. Both parents can work at home, but children who receive care from both parents have greater psychological stability and do better in school.

    Women are often seen as having caring behaviors while men have responsibility behaviors, society puts women in a mold that considers them emotional and lacking enough self-confidence, and their ability depends on simple office work, while the same society says that a man can solve problems and deal With crises, he leads teams and runs companies.

  • British Council.jpg tranquil_editor | Pentecost School Madina | Ghana
    09 Apr 2022

    Yes, I agree with you and also there are some hospitals in our society that promotes bias. Every human being on earth is supposed to be treated with the same love but it seems like nowadays some humans beings are treated badly because of their gender, race, etc. Here are some of the examples of bias in healthcare.

    NFL injury reports have shown that injured black football players are deemed okay to play, more often than white players with similar injuries. And in healthcare also, hundreds of analyses show that black Americans are less likely to receive pain medication than white Americans reporting the same level of pain. This means most people implicitly hold the false idea that black people feel less pain than white people.

    There is a device called a pulse oximeter. What this device does is measure the proportion of oxygenated hemoglobin in the blood in pulsating vessels, especially capillaries of the finger or ear. This tells you whether or not a person is sick or ill. And the FDA (Food and Drugs Authority) said recent reports have found that black patients may not receive accurate readings from some oximeters, which means the device was measuring things differently for black people. So, when a black person is using the device, it reads that he or she is healthy meanwhile the person is not feeling well and he/or she is sick. And doing this in a hospital could lead to people turning away from the hospital, feeling bad for their color. This is a racial bias because you are being discriminated against because of your race. I hope this bias stops someday so that we can all be happy for not being treated badly.

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