Bias in the Workplace
Simply put, if you have a brain, you have bias. Your inherent bias is neither good nor bad — it develops without your knowledge — and you can overcome it when you commit to doing so. That’s why the NeuroLeadership Institute is committed to equipping professionals in the workplace with the strategies necessary to combat bias at every turn.
5 Different Types of Bias in the Workplace
Strangely enough, bias serves as an adaptive process designed to help humans make informed decisions based on their prior knowledge and experiences. Cognitive scientists have identified roughly 150 biases that people experience every day. At NLI, we’ve developed the SEEDS model to simplify them down to five key categories:
- Similarity: When individuals have traits similar to ours, we are more likely to see them favorably.
- Expedience: Individuals tend to rush to conclusions to minimize cognitive effort.
- Experience: People are predisposed to believe that their understanding of the world is more accurate than anyone else’s perspective.
- Distance: Individuals tend to assign greater value to what is closer than what is further away.
- Safety: Humans are more likely to over-account for negative outcomes than positive ones, which prevents us from taking risks.