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Being Bias and/or Prejudice in the Workplace

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Kayleigh Jonna

on 2 September 2014

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Transcript of Being Bias and/or Prejudice in the Workplace

Being Bias and/or Prejudice in the Workplace
What does Prejudice mean?
Preconceived opinion that is not based on reason or actual experience.
What does Bias mean?
A particular or inclination, especially one that prevents unprejudiced consideration of a question.
What does being Prejudice look like?

Some examples of being prejudice in the workplace may include discrimination for the following:
-Gender
-Sexual orientation
-Religious belief
-Marital status (being married or single)
-Disabilities
-Race
-Age
-Being transgender
-Pregnancy
Want to aviod seeming prejudice towards others? Try to complete these sentences in a non-prejudice manner:
-I do not feel comfortable with this individual because...
-I do not think this worker could do a good job because...
-I would not put this particular employee in front of a client because...
-I do not want this worker in my assignment group because...
Explore Your Bias & Commit to Resolving it
Being bias is simply unacceptable in the workplace!
Try a few things from the list below to keep from seeming bias:
-Eat lunch with someone different than usual.
-When you hear a joke or comment that may potentially bring someone down, SPEAK UP! (Otherwise it looks like you agree with what was said)
-Invite a coworker of a different background to brainstorm project ideas.
-Read a book that promotes understanding different demographic groups/cultures written by authors of diverse backgrounds.
-Visit museums, concerts, movies, & events where you could find out about diverse racial & cultural perspectives & realities.
-Make a point of seeking & considering viewpoints opposite your own. Find out the reasoning behind their thinking.
-Become aware of your own prejudices through writing in a journal. Admitting and evaluating your discomfort can lead you to new insights and help you disarm prejudice.
-Ask a trusted colleague for feedback. Does he/she observe any bias in the way you act toward others?
Why is it important to not be prejudice/bias?
The answer is simple: Being prejudice or bias towards others is rude, disrespectful, and uncomfortable to be a victim of. If you do not like someone, make your opinion based on something other than race, gender, religion, political views, etc. Treat others the way you would like to be treated and the workplace will be enjoyable, respectful, and maybe even somewhat admirable to others.
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