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Unconscious bias and diversity in the workplace with Elexon

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Lead happiness consultant, Dave Keeling, is not used to working in August. He’s usually too busy slapping on factor 50 and doing widths in his paddling pool. 

But even he couldn’t pass up the invitation to speak to 54 delegates from Elexon (an electricity utility company) on unconscious bias and diversity in the workplace. The 90-minute Zoom session was designed to look at unconscious bias, where it comes from and why we have it. 

Here at Laughology we like to tackle complex topics in fun and interesting ways. So with a combination of quick-fire rounds, breakout rooms, chat boxes, riddles and stories, the participants were able to begin exploring their own bias and experience of bias to better understand the issue. They discovered the four most common biases, which are:

  • Affinity bias
  • Confirmation bias
  • Insider/Outsider group dynamic
  • Systemic bias

The second half of the session was an open conversation which addressed what delegates could do to tackle bias and diversity in the workplace and create a more psychologically safe environment.

The session was well received, and engagement and interactivity from delegates was superb (this is true and not Dave’s confirmation bias kicking in). The 90 minutes flew by and Dave was backing in his paddling pool before he knew it. 

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