The financial giant Prudential has said it would extend its unconscious bias training from senior managers to all of its employees, after revealing that female staff earned salaries 29.7 per cent lower on average than men, with bonuses 75.6 per cent lower.
Once, when I was a child, my father explained to us that he’d been refused a job purely because of his ethnicity. He reported this without any animosity and only a hint of disappointment. Prejudice, discrimination, conscious and unconscious bias were merely accepted facts of life in those days.
Today, things may have changed – if only that these things are now overtly, and rightly, discouraged in our society.
To ensure that all workers give of their best in any and every situation, it’s important for their managers and colleagues to be completely – and truly – rational, objective and unbiased in their treatment of them.