Learn about and test your implicit bias
Implicit bias refers to unconscious attitudes or stereotypes that affect people’s understanding, actions and decisions. Everyone has bias, and having a bias isn't a bad thing in and of itself. However we have a more inclusive society when we understand our biases and develop the skills to recognize how they show up in our interactions with others and the decisions we make every day.
There are resources available in the City to help you understand your bias and learn how bias shows up in your work:
Implicit bias is outside of conscious awareness and control, but you can take a five-minute test to assess your personal implicit bias. The Harvard Implicit Association Test was created to test people’s unconscious biases toward others based on race, gender, weight, age, sexuality and disabilities. The test asks you to associate different images and words with “good” and “bad.” Once you learn more about your own biases, you can develop the skills to recognize how they affect your actions and decisions.
Watch this short video to learn more about implicit bias.
If you have questions about bias or want some help finding resources to understand bias, contact Joy Marsh Stephens or your HR generalist.
Published Jan 12, 2017