Designing a Bias-Free Organization (behavioral design to circumvent bias…
Designing a Bias-Free Organization
don't throw money at the problem and not measure if the programs work
pilot the program with one group and compare effects against a control
classroom experiment: 61 days of training for some kids and not others (had virtually no impact on kid's inclination for inclusivity)
behavioral design to circumvent bias
orchestras started using blind auditions
bump from 10% to 40% women
we need to see counter-stereotypical examples to fight bias
recruiting software the blinds employers to demographic info (age, gender, edu, socioeconomic background)
what about names??
structured interviews (don't go with your gut because your gut is p biased)
use inclusive language in job postings
"nurturing/supportive" and "competitive/assertive"
Won't it be great when these human attributes are finally considered gender-neutral?????
What about when they're already hired???
base promotions off of objective data
(objectivity is a social construct)
self-confidence impacts employee's self-assessments
anchoring bias!!!! (we're influenced by the first number we see) --> a manager may rate an employee with low confidence lower than the big talker
some measures assumed gender neutral aren't
ex. SATs: wrong answers are penalized and women were less likely to guess than men
2016 redesigned to not penalize wrong answers
Do meetings reward those most willing to hold forth? Then change your format!
ex. Students wanted to see more women role models who came to visit. As it turns, out, they'd never paid attention to that and didn't have much diversity.
1999 MIT realized they were discriminating against women faculty (pay, resources, awards, responses to outside offers)
2011: faculty numbers nearly doubled, more in leadership
visibility matters --> REPRESENTATION (in art and everything)
(looking at YOU, SOG, with your "portrait of dreamers" made almost entirely of white people...)
How to get people with privilege on board?
But what about your daughter or your sister?
(so like, still kind of make it about them?) but hey, if it works...