“Life has its own hidden forces, which you can only discover by living.”
– Soren Kierkegaard
A new year in underway, which means many people are resolving to alter the parts of their personal and professional selves identified for improvement. Since you can’t act on what you don’t know, how should you address “hidden bias?”
Even those of us who intend to be or think we are inclusive cast judgment based on race, age, gender and disabilities. This is because our ideas inherently are shaped by culture, ethnicity, background or experience. Searching the intranet, there are many tests that can uncover your hidden bias. Then, it’s your responsibility to embrace what you have identified and think about making small, incremental changes.
Companies large and small are investing in gathering this data because organizations can be more productive by forming diverse teams. Since hidden bias influences everything from hiring, investment, development and organizational structure decisions, it is important to expand your thinking and serve as a role model within your workplace. In general, remain present, ask more questions, learn how you process information and look for behavioral trends.
Start today by searching for hidden talents rather than dismissing those who are different. We learn by looking backward, but progress by moving forward based on our discoveries and enhancements.