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Unconscious Bias is a subject that is out in the zeitgeist. This should come as no surprise as unconscious bias in is an important human characteristic that affects all of us, particularly when it comes to hiring, performance reviews and promotion. In 2008 Diversity Consultant, Howard Ross, wrote a compelling paper “CDO Insights: Proven Strategies for Addressing Unconscious Bia ...

The business case for building workforce diversity is firmly established and is based on benefits to organisational capability, innovation and productivity. Nevertheless, how well equipped are most organisations to take advantage of opportunities gained by building diverse teams? In practice unconscious bias in various forms often gets in the way. Take for example recent CIPD r ...

This month we are pleased to feature a blog post by Christine Tautari, Co-founder of The Needle, a leading provider of video interview technology. In her blog post The Ketchup Principle: Why Diverse teams perform better Christine discusses how people with different experiences and perspectives can together solve problems more quickly, using a fun example of a potluck dinner par ...

In their report, “Productivity – getting the best out of people” published in July 2015, the CIPD said “With interest rates low, now is the right time to invest in improving product and service offerings, business processes and workforce development – do it now before skill shortages become widespread, rather than waiting for them to emerge”.  In that report data from surveys o ...

During the last year or two a narrative has emerged around the potential for Artificial Intelligence to replace large swathes of human labour. Some notable commentators including the Bank of England’s Chief Economist and Bank of America have suggested that automation will downsize labour forces monumentally as many blue collar and mid level professional jobs are replaced by int ...

Let us imagine a world in which human beings are not expected to perform repetitive, boring or uncreative work. Much of the work and processes of the old world organisation would either become redundant or be performed by intelligent computer systems. What follows is that management and staff would need to work in more creative roles where imagination, creativity and social int ...