Unconscious bias can be one of the biggest barriers to workplace equity. It can take many forms and, left unchecked, lead to a workforce that doesn’t look all that diverse.
One successful example of removing unconscious bias involved orchestras’ efforts to diversity their ranks. While stating good intentions, orchestras overwhelmingly were hiring men years ago. But once they switched to blind auditions, the results changed. Researchers found that having musicians audition behind a screen for a panel that cannot see them made it 50% more likely that a woman would advance to be a finalist.
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