I want to share an article I found to be particularly interesting, though not surprising. It’s called, “How Unconscious Bias is Affecting our Ability to Listen” and appeared in Fast Company earlier this week, written by Vivian Giang. Research is showing yet another obstacle to women’s equality in the workplace – how their voices are processed by listeners. Often, listeners assign meaning to what a woman is saying by relying on an unconscious bias. The results of this is that even when men and women speak the same words, they are received differently, with women often being perceived as less trustworthy, competent or clear than then men.
Have you noticed this in your workplace? Have you experienced it yourself? I’d love to hear your examples. You can read the full article here: