– Leadership Team, Novartis Pharma IP
Research shows that when we practice mindfulness, we can identify in real-time our unconscious bias and we regain our ability to choose our reactions rather than respond automatically. So we can actively work on our conscious attitudes and external communication and foster values such as compassion, courage, empowerment and acceptance.
And all of us benefit:
Studies suggest that it is equally important for men and women to surface and contract unconscious bias in real-time. With Mindfulness, we can make our organizations more diverse and inclusive. We can look at those who are different from us with curiosity rather than judgment, bring more awareness to our day-to-day situations, and reduce our own and other’s unconscious bias by speaking up.
Speciﬁcally designed for the corporate environment, this 2-day training equips managers and employees with scientifically-proven mindfulness tools to identify in real-time, and profoundly counteract common types of unconscious bias at work:
An implicit bias/unconscious bias, or implicit stereotype, is the unconscious attribution of particular qualities to a member of a certain social group. Implicit stereotypes are shaped by experience and based on learned associations between particular qualities and social categories, including race and/or gender. Implicit Bias affects our understanding, actions, and decisions in an unconscious manner.
Most of us like to paint ourselves in a positive light. It can be hard to admit to a mistake, especially at work where our professional reputation (and salary) is on the line. But if you start to notice that you or one of your coworkers always seems to be taking credit, seeking praise and avoiding blame, then it’s likely that its a self-positivity bias. If it gets especially bad, it can impair one’s ability to evaluate problems and generate hostility towards others – and lead to conflict and worse – bullying.
The tendency to pay more attention to and react more strongly to negative events than positive events in our lives. This bias is a product of our evolution and designed for our own survival. It aided our ancestors in making intelligent decisions in high-risk situations.
We often have the tendency to ignore mitigating circumstances and the situation – Mindfulness helps us see the full context for people’s actions. Correspondence bias is our tendency to explain people’s behavior by drawing inferences about their personalities, while underestimating external factors such as the situation.
Known as impostor phenomenon, impostorism, fraud syndrome, or the impostor experience is a psychological pattern in which one doubts one’s accomplishments and has a persistent internalized fear of being exposed as a “fraud”.
More inclusive companies have a 2.3x higher cash flow per employee, and are 170% more innovative in their market (Josh Bersin).
Global companies such as SAP, which have rolled out large-scale mindfulness programs, have seen ROI of 200% which translates to an increase of £74-83M in operating profit (Reuters).
Studies show that women-led companies perform 3 times better than the enterprises run predominantly by men (McKinsey&Co).