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We would all like to think that when it comes to the workplace, we approach problems with a well-considered and fair line of reasoning. However, there may be times when unconscious bias might slip into our decision-making and this can lead to personal conflicts and decreased performance.
No one is immune to the potential influence of unconcious bias – so what is it?
According to Diversity Partners, implicit stereotypes, or unconcious bias, relates to:
“There are all sorts of hidden biases – unconscious biases – that can impact our decision-making about who is the best person for the job, among many other decisions we make everyday in business. There’s now extensive research from the fields of business psychology and neuroscience to show we are all biased, even though we like to think that we always apply logic and reason in our decision-making. The reality is we all have these biases so ingrained we hardly notice them.”
While mental shortcuts can help us form helpful habits and learn from past experiences, the downside is that we may be carrying around implicit biases that can affect both our personal and work relationships and cause us to misinterpret situations, or respond with unfair or unhelpful behaviour.
In this webinar we will explore what unconscious bias is, why we all have it and examples of how it might present in the workplace, including ways in which you can identify and avoid implicit biases in decision-making and promote a culture of mindfulness and inclusiveness.
Tune in to hear from Michelle Redfern, founder, Advancing Women, Div Pillay, CEO of MindTribes, and Duncan Smith, Principal, ADC Associates on how you can identify and manage unconscious bias in the workplace.
Carol Corzo, Head of Inclusion at Bupa Australia and New Zealand
Carol Corzo is a talent management expert and widely regarded as a thought leader in implementing practical solutions to collaboratively promote diversity and inclusion in her current role as Head of Inclusion at Bupa Australia and New Zealand. Carol has applied people focused strategies to drive change. Drawing on the influence of being an undocumented migrant child in the US in the 80's, Carol cites her family background as an instrumental force in her passionate professional approach towards improving the workplace experience for all individuals.
Div Pillay, CEO of MindTribes
Div Pillay, CEO of MindTribes, uniquely gets cultural diversity, being a South African Indian migrant to Australia. She has struggled and thrived with her diversity in both her corporate career and transition to award-winning entrepreneur, launching the next-gen of cultural services, MindTribes in 2013. MindTribes works with large Australian and multinational corporates delivering improved sales, service, utilisation and engagement by ensuring cultural differences do not become a barrier to inclusion and high performance.
Duncan Smith, Principal, ADC Associates
Duncan Smith is a highly experienced organisational consultant, regarded internationally as one of the Asia-Pacific region’s most experienced professionals in the area of diversity and inclusion. With close to thirty years of experience with corporations and governments in Australia, the United States, Europe, and the Asia-Pacific region, Duncan is particularly known for his ability to work with individuals, groups, and organizations to link OD and diversity initiatives with core performance issues.
The benefits businesses can get from hiring an age-diverse workforce are immeasurable. The value of experience can not be overestimated, while utilising the skills and insights from a younger generation can keep your business relevant for decades to come.
This webinar delves into the benefits of hiring from the whole age spectrum – from the experienced baby boomers to the millennials, and all that’s in between – and highlights the importance of diversity in the workplace, avoiding unconscious bias and hiring for potential.
As part of the Victorian Small Business Festival, in association with Biz Better Together, an Australian Chamber initiative, listen in on this powerful discussion on age diversity.
Holly Ransom, CEO, Emergent
Holly is an experienced non-executive director across the private, government and non-profit sectors. In 2014, the Australian Prime Minister appointed Holly to Chair the G20 Youth Summit. In 2016, Holly became the youngest ever woman appointed to the board of an AFL club with her appointment as Director of Port Adelaide Football Club.
Marissa Sandler, co-founder, Careseekers
Marissa is the co-founder of Careseekers, an online platform that connects people looking for in-home care and support workers with care and support workers. Prior to starting Careseekers Marissa worked as a human rights lawyer for 15 years focusing on women’s rights and the rights of people with disabilities.
The gender equality in the workplace discussion is nothing new. In March, it was revealed that the pay gap is alive and well, with full-time Australian women being paid, on average, 16 per cent less than full-time men. And as of March this year the ASX 200 had just nine women CEOs and 10 women chairing boards.
However, there are women who are shattering those glass ceilings, becoming champions for the women coming up the ranks. In this webinar we discuss what shattering that ceiling really means, and what success can look like for women in the modern workplace.
Nicolette is a non-executive director in the wealth management industry, with board positions in a number of leading companies including UniSuper, OnePath Insurance, Class Limited and SuperEd. Prior to her board career, Nicolette held three General Manager roles at CBA/Colonial First State spanning 14 years as well as senior positions at BT Funds Management and Towers Perrin prior to that. She was appointed to a general manager position at the age of 30 and took her first directorship at 36.
She is author of the book “Not Guilty”, a guide for career mums. In 2014 she was named one of the top 10 "most powerful part-timers".
Danielle always knew that she would one day follow in her Dad's footsteps and was waiting for the light bulb moment. After a trip to the US in 2010, Danielle and her long time friend launched Two Birds Brewing in 2011 and are Australia’s first female owned brewery. Jayne and Danielle take pride in nurturing balanced, flavoursome and approachable brews. In 2014 they found a home in Spotswood Melbourne’s inner west, turning an Engineering and tool making factory into a Brewery and Tasting Room, known as “The Nest”.
As part of the Victorian Small Business Festival, in association with Biz Better Together, an Australian Chamber initiative, listen in on this powerful discussion on gender equality.
Diversity in your business isn’t a vanity exercise. It actually impacts your effectiveness – in the positive. As the new financial year takes hold, we talk about the economics of diversity.
As part of the Great Australian Workplace series, tune into this month’s webinar to hear from Gemma Lloyd, co-founder, Diverse City Careers and change agent Jen Dalitz FCPA on how a diverse workforce can improve your bottom line.
Gemma Lloyd, co-founder of Diverse City Careers
Gemma Lloyd is a social entrepreneur, having co-founded Diverse City Careers, served on two not-for-profit boards within IT and established another not-for-profit organisation for diversity and inclusion professionals.
Jen Dalitz FCPA, Change Agent
Jen Dalitz is a change agent, specialising in gender diversity and business strategy. Jen has been a Telstra Business Awards finalist and the recipient of an Edna Ryan Workplace Award for improving the working conditions of Australian women.
On Australia, 2.1 million people of working age have a disability. For some, their disability does not impact greatly on every day life. For others, working with a disability can mean restricting their options in particular vocations.
For young job seekers it’s tough. Fifteen to 24-year-olds are 10 times more likely to experience discrimination due to their disability than those over 54. In more than half of those instances the employer is the source of that discrimination.
What do employers need to know? How can business owners ensure that they’re including people with disabilities in their diverse workplaces?
- Ken Baker, chief executive, National Disability Services
- Jessica May, founder of Enabled Employment
While workplaces – and laws – have come a long way in recent times, 39 per cent of the LGBTI community do not disclose their sexuality at work. While some reasonably argue it is nobody’s business, for others fear of exclusion prevents them from bringing their true selves to their workplace.
We look at what employers can do to foster an inclusive culture in their business – from policies to education and all that’s in between – to build a more welcoming and productive workplace.
As part of the newest Great Australian Workplace series, tune into this webinar to hear from people who have worked towards creating inclusive workforces.
- JoAnna Ferrari - Celebrated business leader and transgender community advocate
- Ross Wetherbee - Senior Program Manager, Pride in Diversity
Being an entrepreneur is hard work. The journey can be filled with risk, stress, excitement and pride at various points in time – it’s smooth sailing for some and a roller-coaster for the ill-prepared or unlucky. Our speakers share their tales of starting a business from scratch, where they found support, and pass on tips that will empower entrepreneurs, from getting your idea off the ground through to the challenges of being a leader.
- Andre Eikmeier, co-founder and joint CEO, Vinomofo
- Adam Schwab, co-founder, Lux Group
Join the webinar discussion exploring how creating a healthy workplace actually makes good business sense, and hear some cautionary tales of what happens when it goes wrong.
With the modern workplace evolving into an older workforce as average retirement ages spikes, leadership techniques may need to be re-examined for employees and employers alike.
Tune into this month’s webinar, part of The Great Australian Workplace series, exploring how you can improve the quality of your management and leadership style.
- Andrew Conway FIPA FFA, Institute of Public Accountants, Chief Executive Officer
- Sarah Liu, The Dream Collective, Founder and Director
In association with Smart Company, listen in on the discussion around working towards an environment that values employees from diverse backgrounds and experiences.
- Cherie Curtis, CEO, Revelian
- Ramon Martinez, CEO and founder, ANPO Experience
In association with Smart Company, listen in on the discussion around workplace law, payroll and superannuation requirements for SMEs.
- Tracy Angwin, CEO, Australian Payroll Association
- Katie Sweatman, K&L Gates, Senior associate in the Labour, Employment and Workplace Safety team
As part of Small Business Festival Victoria, join this engaging conversation looking at the future of the workplace exploring issues to do with technology, diversity, innovation and an ageing population.
In this free webinar, brought to by Small Business Festival Victoria, and in association with Smart Company, take part in the discussion around how your business can hone its focus to become genuinely future-thinking.
This is a must for all astute business operators.
- Jan Owen, CEO,Foundation for Young Australians
- Dr Amantha Imber, innovation psychologist, best-selling author, and founder of Australia’s leading innovation consultancy Inventium
In association with Smart Company, listen in on the discussion around creating a flexible workplace to empower your employees.
- Tristan White, CEO, The Physio Group
- Bridget Loudon, Chief Executive Officer, Expert360