Nowadays, the topic of biases has become a common discussion point around us, especially at the workplace. What is Bias? Bias in simple term is the preference; your opinions or your inclination towards particular things either intentionally or unintentionally, which make you behave with the people or situations in a certain way. Topics such as gender, religion, ethnic background, nationalities are some of the biases which are openly discussed as these biases are very evident when people act on it but then there are biases which are done unintentionally which is the originated because of the views or opinion people hardwired in their brain which is formed based on their upbringing, cultures, the attitudes, and social bearings. These are the behaviours which are done without even realising that the behaviour is biased.

Unconscious bias is the preference given during the recruiting process to the candidates who has completed their education from elite educational institutions. Here the unconscious bias is that students passing out from these elite educational institutions are bound to be smart and well equipped with the requirements of working in the corporate world. Another example would be that when any big ticket projects is assigned to an organization usually the responsibility of the project is shouldered by the most experienced employees in the organization this is done because of the pre conceived notion that the being the experienced ones they have the expertise to get it done as per the clients requirement without much glitches hence the less experienced one have to forego the opportunity to learn and grow as they are not considered for the job in favor of the more experienced one.

The Unconscious bias or the implicit bias leads to disengagement in the employees, especially who are the subject of biases in their workplace as people are well aware when they are ignored or tolerated instead of being respected, included and valued. The lack of engagement by the employee would lead to a high rate of attrition in the team as they are not connected to their work and the environment surrounding it. Apart from attrition, the self-confidence of the employee also suffers as the employee is convinced that whatever they do will not be appreciated by the seniors and hence they constraint themselves in giving the 100% to the work or the team as they doubt their ability to deliver.

Not only is the person who is the target of the unconscious bias but also the organization is affected as well through these biases, if the biases are not restrained on time then it might turn into discrimination which might influence the decisions making ability and would eventually affect the productivity and the culture of the organization. The prejudice affects the hiring process, promotion, the interaction with the employees, or opportunities to the deserving candidates. If biases are strongly prevalent in an organization, it will affect the overall revenue of the organization; the morale of the employees is also adversely affected due to the unchecked unconscious biases in the firm.

There is no denial that unconscious bias exists in every organization hence it is crucial that the organization accepts this fact first; and then the firm should address these prevalent biases through required training and guidance which would eventually create an environment where all the people are respected and valued for who they are and what they stand for; this kind of environment will encourage people to be their best without the fear of being judged.