Listing some biases women and minorities face, and how to address them.
Despite some initiatives to break unconscious biases within the workplace, various kinds remain strong.
Biases are usually influenced by background, culture, or personal experiences.
Having biases means certain groups of people or individuals are being treated less favorably.
Organizations fuel biases by making biased decisions and developing biased policies.
Among many kinds of biases that exist within a workplace, below are a few.
In this world that is still carrying colonial legacies, people from both parts of the world.
Those from former colonizing countries and those from former colonies.
Have this bias that people who are from certain parts of the world know better and are better.
If someone is from a former colony and has more knowledge, skills, competencies.
And expertise than their colleagues from former colonizer countries, some might still consider the latter.
They have biases towards certain skin color/background/nationality.
It is not uncommon that “Fatimah” needed several more years of experience and more qualifications.
Then “Evan” to be seen as equally competent or hold the same position.
This kind of bias also means judging people based on what we see.
Often, women who are good-looking are perceived as lacking intelligence.
People who have a certain academic background might be perceived as too qualified.
Because that name is White sounding or Latin sounding or Christian sounding or Muslim Sounding.
Over the years, research has found that women or LGBT+ candidates, people with disabilities.
Women in headscarves, and older people are less likely to be hired than their peers.
Studies have also found that recruiters have to choose between a male and a female candidate.
They would usually go with the male candidate, as it is more common for men to hold that certain job. t
That men are perceived as more worthy of receiving that salary.
That happens also because of the biases against women.
Women are troublemakers at the workplace, or they cannot do their job by themselves.
And they are always depending on others for their work.
Women are also judged negatively for being ambitious and the commitment of women with children.
It is common to see how people prefer people who they already know or with whom.
They have some commonalities or mutual connections. For example.
They might speak in the same language, have the same skin color, from the same continent, country.
It is often observed that employees within an organization lobby strongly to hire people.
They have studied with or worked within the past.
While some organizations might have strict policies around not recruiting family members/relatives.
The existing employees or current staff cannot have personal relationships while working with each other.
Most organizations do not have clear policies around these issues.