February 1, 2018.
Bias in the workplace is a problem across the private and public sector. There are a set of tools in social psychology that are useful to other disciplines in preventing and responding to discriminatory behavior. An awareness of these largely unconscious processes and potential interventions for combatting bias can make the difference for an organization that aims to treat applicants and employees fairly. Most employers do not want to discriminate and almost all would like to avoid lawsuits. Knowledge about addressing discrimination is a valuable feature for Cal Poly graduates on the job market. Further, organizations benefit from diversity due to greater creativity and quality decision-making. In this module, psychological research on discrimination and diversity is distilled into a lecture that contains research findings, tips for improving organizations, and a classroom activity.