Understanding bias

Published: 16 April 2024

#CuriousMoments with Advita

We hear opinions, not facts, and most things we see are perspectives, not always the truth.

When we are committed to cultivating a culture of inclusion in our workplace, it’s essential to understand our biases and how they affect what we see and hear.

To understand our biases, we need to undertake three key steps…

Awareness: Ensure you ask a few trusted colleagues or friends who are different from you to call you out if they believe your bias has shown up. Sometimes, we don’t see it ourselves and need a nudge. This includes recruiting people with very similar characteristics to organising events without representation.

Education: Engage in learning about different cultures, perspectives, and experiences. The Cultural Intelligence assessments can help you identify your cultural awareness gaps and how to address them. Workshops and coaching can also help provide various strategies. Message me if you need help with any of these things.

Patterns of behaviour: Actively intervene when you notice biased behaviour. This could involve speaking up, asking questions, or offering alternative perspectives to counteract the bias.


If you practice these three steps frequently, you’ll start to notice bias in everyday decisions, which will allow you to see what needs to change to build a culture of inclusion in your workplace.

If you’d like to learn more about bias, check out my book, ‘Building a culture of inclusivity,’ which is co-authored with Priya Bates. 


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