How Can Reducing Unconscious Bias Increase Women’s Success in IT?

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Research shows that even individuals committed to equality harbor unconscious biases that impact everyday decisions and interactions. In the IT workplace, unconscious gender bias can mislead employers, both male and female, to make inaccurate judgments in hiring, performance reviews, and promotion.

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Case Studies:

  • Avoiding Unintended Gender Bias in Letters of Recommendation (Case Study 1) | Relevant Audiences: Undergraduate, Graduate, and Career

    Research shows that even individuals committed to equality harbor unconscious biases that impact everyday decisions and interactions. In the IT workplace, unconscious gender bias can mislead employers, both male and female, to make inaccurate judgments in hiring, performance reviews, and promotion. This case study highlights findings on the differences between letters of recommendation for women and men and gives practical ways to reduce bias when writing letters of recommendation.

     
  • Avoiding Gender Bias in Recruitment/Selection Processes (Case Study 2) | Relevant Audiences: Career

    Research shows that even individuals committed to equality harbor unconscious biases that impact everyday decisions and interactions. In the IT workplace, unconscious gender bias can mislead employers, both male and female, to make inaccurate judgments in hiring, performance reviews, and promotion. This case study focuses on the profound effect unconscious bias can have on the recruitment and selection process — from crafting and distribution of job postings to interviewing and hiring. Steps are offered for overcoming this bias.

 

Release Date: May 18, 2010
Short URL:www.ncwit.org/biasletters