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Ever judged someone on the basis of their age, gender, physical appearance or accent? That’s your bias at work. You…
July 16, 2021 | 1 min read
Thrive Skills are an essential set of cognitive, social and behavioral skills to enable our learners to continuously succeed, at every stage of their career.
A bias or a prejudice is a strong inclination of the mind or a preconceived notion about something or someone. It can be both, in favor of or against an idea. Overcoming Bias is the ability to let go of these notions and look at an idea or a person from a neutral perspective. When you’re able to outsmart your own biases, you will be able to work with a healthier mindset and forge meaningful relationships.
Overcoming bias in the workplace is important because these prejudices hamper the work environment by creating a sense of discomfort between two or more people. Workplace biases against ideas that a colleague or superior may suggest also shuts a person’s mind to new thoughts and suggestions. It is also important to overcome bias in the workplace since people who hold prejudices are often ignored or left alone by those around them. Such people can come across as rude, offensive and judgmental.
There are several ways to overcome bias. The first step is to identify your biases and ask yourself what it is that you are prejudiced for or against. Once you’ve done this, you will be able to outsmart your own biases by consciously remembering that you need to remain neutral. The Overcoming Bias course will help you identify your prejudices and help you become a more rational person.
Harappa programs that focus on Overcoming Bias as a Thrive Skill are the Women’s Leadership Program, First Time Manager Program and Placement Success Program.
Other Thrive Skills under THINK are Practicing Mindfulness, Optimistic Outlook, Intellectual Rigor, Intellectual Curiosity, Informed Decision Making, Cultivating Foresight, Critical Thinking, Cognitive Agility, Assimilating Knowledge and Big-Picture Thinking.