Engage in Learning event highlights Unconscious Bias

Published: Tue Nov 20 2018

Everyone exhibits unconscious bias from time to time Ė and, unchecked in a work context, this leads to a less diverse workforce, with possible adverse effects on organisational performance.

In a bid to help reduce the adverse effects of this phenomenon, the e-learning supplier, Engage in Learning, is organising a webinar to ĎIdentify and Challenge Unconscious Biasí.

"If unconscious bias operates in a work context, talented workers can easily be overlooked and discouraged from exhibiting their talents to the organisationís benefit," explained Kate Carter, Engage in Learningís Operations and Marketing Manager. "So, if youíve ever found yourself treating someone differently just because of the way they look or sound, then this webinar is for you."

The Engage in Learning webinar focuses on why these biases exist, along with how to recognise them, challenge them and, ultimately, design them out of the workplace. It draws upon Engage in Learningís recently released e-learning course on unconscious bias.

According to Kate Carter, the financial giant, Prudential, has said it will extend its unconscious bias training from senior managers to all its employees, after revealing that female staff earned salaries that are 29.7 per cent lower, on average, than menís salaries, with bonuses that are 75.6 per cent lower.

"This British insurer is the latest in a string of employers in the financial sector to reveal a large gap between what men and women were paid," said Kate.

Under UK government rules introduced last year, British companies and public sector bodies with more than 250 employees must publish data on the gender pay gap by 4th April. While the current national median pay gap is 18.4 per cent and the mean is 17.4 per cent, at Prudential, the median pay gap is 22.9 per cent.

Like other companies in its industry, Prudential has commented that its pay gap reflects the fact that it employs more men in senior roles. A Prudential spokesperson added that, "The solution isnít to change pay scales but to take steps to ensure that we attract applicants from all backgrounds, create opportunities for all our employees to progress - and challenge systems, processes and mindsets to ensure that they donít disadvantage women."

Last year, 188 high-ranking managers underwent special training to help them to identify and eradicate unconscious bias that may hold back womenís careers. One senior figure at Prudential said that the workshop was "hugely revealing for me personally and I am committed to a change in behaviour".

"The challenge for all organisations - both big and small - is not only to empower workers from all ethnicities, genders or ages within the workplace but also to ensure that those whose responsibility it is to recruit are not only aware of their own biases but can effectively remove these during the entire recruitment process," said Engage in Learningís Kate Carter.

The Engage in Learning webinar takes place online, from 10.00am to 10.45am GMT, on Wednesday 28th November 2018. Those who are unable to attend the webinar but would like to discover more about promoting equality in their organisation Ė and, maybe, get hold of a recording of the webinar -should contact Engage in Learning.

To book on to the webinar, which is led by Engage in Learningís Chris Horseman and Alexandra Wilson, visit: https://bit.ly/2QMTPyI

About Engage in Learning
A UK-based supplier of eLearning courses and solutions focusing on helping organisations improve their safety, compliance and performance, Engage in Learning provides engaging and affordable learning thatís practical and effective in an organisational setting.

Further information from:
Chris Horseman, Engage in Learning, +44 (0)20 3758 9530, chrishorseman@engageinlearning.com
Bob Little, Bob Little Press & PR, +44 (0)1727 860405, bob.little@boblittlepr.com
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