We are all bias, it’s the way the brain works but just knowing that won’t stop you making decisions based on stereotypes and the implicit associations which attach to them. Take his quiz to check how many of the stereotypes you recognise. The other modules in the Brain-savvy Woman’s Career management programme will help you to move from awareness to action with strategies to manage your own biases that may be impacting how you are managing your career and making decision at work.
No one makes decisions in a vacuum, all decisions are influenced by the beliefs, values and the expectations we have acquired as we grow up and experience life. These determine what it is OK to do and what it’s definitely not OK to do. And something like 80% of our behaviour is based on these unconscious biases, beliefs and associations, rather than being intentional rational action. Research studies show when we are with people who are important to us, like work colleagues or your boss you are more likely to behave in a way consistent with established stereotypes.
We also judge our own actions based on the stereotypes we have absorbed, and these underlying beliefs have repercussions in the workplace. They impact your career decisions, how you manage your team, who you go to for advice and even how well you get on with colleagues and clients.
This quiz uses some of the research we cover in our Brain-savvy Woman Career Management programme to help you become more aware of the many ways unconscious bias based on gender can play out.
Check your answers at the end giving yourself one point for each correct answer. We have then provided a few suggestions for how you can notice and tackle your own unconscious bias effectvely.
Quiz – Are stereotypes impacting your career and work decisions? Sample
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Obviously with any quiz like his there is evidence that can confirm or deny the statements, myths and even academic research studies. The issue with the gender agenda is, many writers have an agenda, and that includes us. We try to provide the research that supports or contradicts the prevailing myths and working assumptions used in most organisations. At the end of the day you must make up your own mind based on what you read and study.
Much of the writing about gender subtly (and sometimes not-so-subtly) blames women. Women just need to change to be successful in a (male) world.
That’s not our view. We do think that forewarned is forearmed and tooled-up is sensible. But we also want to see workplaces changed for the better, so that it’s not always down to individual women to adapt for survival. And our aim is to help you to become the kind of leaders who will be at the forefront of those changes.
But because this programme focuses on neurological and psychological insights, rather than political campaigning, we’ll be looking at how the beliefs about women and their confidence and competence (or myths, or partial truths) that frame our reality, stack up against the research. And we’ll look at the practical steps we all can take to address the current beliefs.
This programme is designed to equip you to thrive in the workplace whatever your experience: from no bias (or at least none that you’ve noticed) to outright discrimination that means you’re never going to get to where you want without action.
The questions above are designed to gain insight, to make you think about your own automatic behaviour and decisions. We did this to help you identify your own beliefs which match the stereotype and which may not be serving you well in how you manage your career.
If this quiz has thrown up some surprises for you, you’re not alone. Follow it up by becoming even more aware of unconscious bias and how they maybe impacting your career. We have lots of resources in our Brain-savvy Woman Career Management programme and our free webinars, details at https://www.headheartbrain.com/events/
Stay mindful of your communication and how unconscious bias can creep into the job descriptions you write as a hiring manager, how you sift through CV, and how you speak to and about others whose backgrounds are different to your own. And most of all slow down your decision-making about your own career, reflect on the assumptions you are making and the stereotypical behaviour you may be using.
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Question 1 of 12
What are the most important attributes for career success and a better salary?CorrectIncorrect
Question 2 of 12
Stereotypes are strong but if you are aware and have reasonable emotional intelligence you can overcome them. Which of these statements do you believe are true?CorrectIncorrect
Question 3 of 12
A university research team sent 2 CV’s of applicants for the role of laboratory manager to 127 male and female professors. Both (fictional) candidates were white, aged 22 and had identical grades and comparable references. Who got the job?CorrectIncorrect
Question 4 of 12
Which of the following statements most accurately describes how gender biases are formed?CorrectIncorrect
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Hiring the candidate who has the best ‘fit’, perhaps because they share the same values and beliefs and express similar views is what most companies seek when recruiting. And yet companies also seek diversity. Are the two compatible?CorrectIncorrect
Question 6 of 12
If you perceive a colleague on a flexible working scheme as lazy or work shy, it’s not unconscious bias if later they do indeed shirk some responsibilities.CorrectIncorrect
Question 7 of 12
If a new mum returns to work, it’s natural to offer her an easy ride for the first year or so and shield her from assignments which require travel and time away from her family. This isn’t bias its kindness.CorrectIncorrect
Question 8 of 12
The differences in the way men and women work are a result of their brain development and inherent differences in the structure and functioning of the brain.CorrectIncorrect
Question 9 of 12
In most of the Western business world there are a small number of women in senior leadership roles — 7 female CEO’s in the UK FSTE 100 and 32 woman in the Fortune 500 (6.4%) in 2017. Why is this?CorrectIncorrect
Question 10 of 12
The prevailing belief is that one of the main reasons for the gender pay gap (currently around 20% in most Western countries) is that women don’t ask for or negotiate well for pay increases. What is your belief?CorrectIncorrect
Question 11 of 12
30% of women in our Gender in the Workplace survey felt they had been unequally treated at work. Although over 50% had experience belittling jokes. Does this figure surprise you?CorrectIncorrect
Question 12 of 12
Women in the workplace get mixed reviews, sometimes you read about how nice they are and that’s holding them back, others times your read about women who have made it refusing to give a helping hand to others. What’s your belief?CorrectIncorrect