We receive 11 million pieces of information every moment. And, according to Google, we can only consciously process 40 of these pieces. This leaves 99.999996 percent of information to be processed unconsciously. It’s hardly surprising, therefore, that unconscious bias plays such a prominent role in our decision making.

Unconcious biasness

Unconscious bias is when our background, culture and experiences naturally impact on our understanding, actions and decisions. While it’s natural and 100 percent human to have biases, when it comes to the recruitment process, and to business more generally, it’s important to be able to recognise them to make sure we really are making the best decisions possible. How can you spot unconscious bias in the workplace?

There are more than 150 types of identified unconscious bias – could they be impacting your decision making?

Different types of bias

There are more than 150 identified types of unconscious bias, according to a report written by Horace McCormick, of the Kenan-Flagler Business School. Here are some of the most common:

It’s important to recognise unconscious bias so that it doesn’t impact your business decisions and hiring process. If you want to make sure your workplace is diverse and unhindered by unconscious bias, it helps to use a specialist recruitment service who understands the hiring process inside and out. For information, contact the team at Talent today.