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  • 67% of the British public feels uncomfortable talking to disabled people and 36% of people tend to think of disabled people as not as productive as everyone 
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  • Over one in three people show an unconscious bias against those with a disability, higher than levels of bias on the basis of gender or race. 
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  • 80% of all those who become disabled are in employment at the time they acquire a disability, but only 60% are employed the following year, and 36% the year after that.[3]
  • Disabled people are more likely to experience unfair treatment at work (19%) than non-disabled people (13%).[4]

These figures paint a rather bleak picture of how disabled people can be treated at work – and their perception of how they are treated. Unfair treatment can include blatant discrimination but a large part of that can also be just being made to feel ‘uncomfortable’ by people who may not even realise the impact their behaviour is having: unconscious bias.

This workshop explores what unconscious bias is, how we can recognise it in ourselves, take steps to manage it and mitigate the negative impact it can have.

 

Recruitment, development and retention of valued employees are important for any organisation. But when those processes are skewed by unconscious bias they lead to the results above and the loss of vital staff. And because it’s unconscious, many of those experiencing it will not even realise they are demonstrating bias behaviours, nor the impact these are having.

 

Interactive exercises will open delegates’ eyes and their intellects to their own unconscious biases. They will learn how to make good use of those biases to improve the workplace to the benefit of the organisation.

 

They will be challenged and stimulated. Their minds will be blown. They will be changed people. For the better!

 

So what’s stopping you from signing up for an unconscious bias training session?

 

 

 

[1] “Current Attitudes towards disabled people”, Scope (May 2014)

[2] “Disability: A Research Study on Unconscious Bias”, Employers’ Network in Equality & Inclusion (July 2014)

[3] ‘Disability in the United Kingdom’, DWP (2012)

[4] Disability in the United Kingdom’, DWP (2012)

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