Flexible work bias… towards men?

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Munsch warns that despite the progress made in the workplace in terms of flexibility, it's important that managers check their own biases when discussing schedules with their employees.

Unconscious bias is an area many organizations are trying to address. RBC SVP of Leadership and Organizational Development Helena Gottschling described it as the “next frontier” in diversity.

“People often make a judgment within the first five seconds of the interview whether this is the person they want on their team, without really understanding the skills, experience and value that someone might be able to bring in,” Gottschling told HRM.

The bank introduced training to help managers and senior leaders recognize their own biases and learn how to address them in the decision making process.

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  • Justin B. on 2014-08-25 4:21:13 PM

    If I am reading the article correctly, there were separate requests from men and women. If you want to understand unconscious bias, you randomize the requests with stereotypically male and female names and then see if the apparent gender of the author changes how the exact same text is interpreted by the reader. Otherwise there could be another factor involved such as men in general only asked for a couple hours off early vs. women who generally asked for the entire day for example.

    The methodology of this study doesn't seem very sound.

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