“Unconscious bias” is a phrase that gets thrown around a lot these days. What does it actually mean? Who has it, and can we even fix it if we do?

In this episode of Buffer CultureLab, I got the chance to chat with Natalie Johnson, who answers all our burning questions about bias.

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Natalie is an expert in unconscious bias, from analyzing potential bias in companies’ people processes to training employees and managers on how to manage and mitigate bias. As a former People Analyst at Google, Natalie was one of the original facilitators for Google’s unconscious bias training. At her firm Paradigm, she has led hundreds of unconscious bias workshops for thousands of employees around the world (including Buffer!).

What you’ll learn from this episode:

  • How we use Slack to stay connected at Buffer
  • The ludicrous number of Slack channels we have
  • Our favorite Slack tricks and shortcuts!
  • A definition of unconscious bias
  • How Google’s pioneering unconscious bias training was developed
  • Why Google stopped asking “brain teaser” questions in interviews
  • What type of interview structure works best to combat bias
  • The biggest risk of the new popularity of unconscious bias training
  • Tips to work on bias in your own brain
  • How to taste wine without bias!

Stuff we talk about in this episode:

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Written by Courtney Seiter

Courtney writes about social media, diversity and workplace culture at Buffer. She runs Girls to the Moon on the side and pets every dog she sees.

  • cindykendall

    Courtney, I can’t tell you how much I enjoyed this post. Recognizing bias in our words and actions is hard work, and it definitely impacts how we live, work, and play. Thank you!

    • Hey Cindy! I’m really glad to hear that; i think I could have talked to Natalie all day! Unconscious bias is fascinating and it does have a huge impact on so much of the structure of our world. So important to be aware of and work on changing!