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How Can We Beat Unconscious Bias in the Workplace?

This article on unconscious bias first appeared on, Aon’s weekly guide for businesses and was written by Katherine Conway. ( I always smile at term ‘unconscious’ as it implies we’re totally passed out: “not awake and aware of and responding to one’s environment”. Although, maybe that is accurate when it comes to our bias….sleepwalking with old ingrained habits).

Here is an extract from Katherine’s original article:

Changing Global Workforce

Just as important a driver for making the workplace more gender diverse and inclusive is that talent pool shortages in developed countries are set to worsen dramatically in coming years due to ageing populations and insufficient educational standards.

A recent OECD study found that by 2030 70% of young people with tertiary education will come from non-OECD G20 countries. It estimatedthat China and India alone will also supply more than 60% of the G20 workforce with a qualification in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by 2030.

Nichole Barnes Marshall, Global Head of Diversity and Inclusion at Aon says data like these tell us that “increasingly the workforce will be much more global, much more female and more multicultural.”

Developing a culture of equality within organizations is essential to attracting and retaining the best of this talent pool. Moving from legacy practices that exacerbate unintended bias to a place where science and data determine who to hire – and promote – will require effort and commitment.

You can read the full post here on HR Review.

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