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Managing unconscious bias


Managing unconscious bias presents information about bias that is grounded in research, in a positive, accessible way. It describes what implicit bias is, where it originates, how different forms of bias play out in the workplace, and things you can do to counteract your biases.

This set of videos shows Facebook's training program on implicit bias, which it provides to all Facebook employees. It's a high-quality overview of different forms of bias and what bias looks like in the workplace. The training aims to help employees surface their biases, understand their biases' impacts, and take action to counteract those biases.

You can watch the training as a full, hour-long training, or in shorter segments. After the presenters' welcome, the following topics are divided into 10-15-minute segments:

  • Introductions and first impressions
  • Stereotypes and performance bias
  • Performance attribution
  • Competency/likeability bias
  • Maternal bias
  • Business case for diversity and inclusion, and what you can do

One concept central to equity work is intersectionality, the idea that our multiple social identities overlap—race, class, gender, sexuality, ability, and/or other groups. To better understand intersectionality, watch the Performance attribution video.

Each video refers to research on implicit bias, and presents case studies to help the viewer understand the concepts. You can download the slides and lists of what you can do to counteract biases.

You do not need a Facebook account to watch these videos.


When to use

​Use this video in whole or in parts to provide staff with basic information about implicit bias. Individuals can watch the video(s) as part of their personal professional development, or you can view and discuss the videos in groups. Understanding implicit bias is often a first step toward understanding how agencies, systems, and institutions can embed racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other biases in programs, policies, and procedures.


Things to consider

These videos present bias in the context of hiring, promoting, and performance appraisal. While the videos provide a good base knowledge of bias, they do not directly address how bias surfaces when an agency provides services, or during other agency/organizational operations.


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