Researchers have found that diverse workplaces boost employee morale, increase customer satisfaction, improve workplace culture, and improve profit margins. Promoting a diverse and inclusive work environment, however, requires more than just eliminating intentional acts of harassment and discrimination. Instead, we must also attempt to understand how unconscious bias and implicit bias can impact the decisions we make and our interactions with others in the workplace.
Unconscious bias happens when people make decisions that are implicitly based upon characteristics of another without even realizing or intending to do so. When unconscious bias occurs in the workplace, employers are at risk from a legal and human resources standpoint. Effective inclusion training can help employees understand that unconscious biases exist and help them take steps to reduce the likelihood that such biases will impact their decisions and interactions with others in the workplace. An inclusion training course can provide employees practical guidance and help foster a diverse and inclusive workplace.
Unconscious biases are sterotypes or assumptions that a person makes about a certain group of individuals outside of their own conscious awareness. Unconscious biases can include all types of bias, like gender bias, racial bias, LGBTQ bias, age bias, disability bias, religious bias, and over 150 more types of unconscious bias. Clear Law Institute’s CEO, Michael Johnson, recently published an article on Why Unconscious Bias Training for Employees is Essential. You can read the article here.
Clear Law’s interactive online training goes beyond detailing the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workplace to focus on practical steps that employees can take to help achieve this goal. Specifically, the course challenges learners to explore the nuances of unconscious, implicit biases, and how our own biases can impact our judgements and decisions about others at work.
The unconscious bias training addresses a wide variety of hidden biases, common examples are those based on race, gender, religion, national origin, disability, age, and sexual orientation. The training also addresses biases based on a variety of personal characteristics such as height, weight, and attractiveness.
The training focuses on providing practical guidance that learners can implement immediately in their workplace to help reduce the negative impact of bias and promote a diverse and inclusive workplace culture.
Unlike most workplace harassment training providers, Clear Law Institute ensures that its training is accessible to users with disabilities as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Clear Law's training meets not only Section 508 requirements but also the strict requirements of the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.1 Level AA Success Criteria.
Clear Law offers two versions of this interactive, online training.
The managers version includes the same content as the non-managers course and also addresses techniques for reducing unconscious biases relating to:
Many clients choose to provide all employees the 40-minute version, as it can be helpful for all employees to understand management efforts for managing unconscious bias and creating a more inclusive workplace culture.
The training is currently available in English, Spanish, French and German and can be made available in any language.
What is unconscious bias and why does it occur?
Types of Unconscious Bias
Unconscious Bias and the Workplace
How do we “interrupt” unconscious bias from impacting our workplace decisions and behavior?
Recruiting and Hiring (Manager Version)
Assignments, Performance Assessment, and Promotions (Manager Version)
Diversity and Inclusion
In addition to the self-paced online training described above, Clear Law Institute also provides live, instructor-led training on diversity, inclusion, and unconscious bias. These sessions are presented using video-conferencing software as Zoom, Teams, or WebEx.
Each of our instructor-led sessions is led by university professors who focus their research on DEI issues or employment lawyers with experience and expertise in diversity and inclusion efforts.
In addition to providing online self-paced and instructor-led training, Clear Law is also available to: