The problem with Implicit Bias Training

I’m curious, what has your experience been with implicit bias training?

Having spent 15 years working as a professional recruiter and 11 years teaching hiring managers how to hire more effectively and efficiently I’ve always felt that implicit bias training was a waste of time.

There is more and more research now backing up my gut feel. Here are two articles that unpack this pretty nicely.

Even worse, there is consistent evidence that bias training done the “wrong way” (think lukewarm diversity training) can actually have the opposite impact, inducing anger and frustration among white employees. What this all means is that, despite the widespread calls for implicit bias training, it will likely be ineffective at best; at worst, it’s a poor use of limited resources that could cause more damage and exacerbate the very issues it is trying to solve.

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