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Removing Bias from Job Descriptions
In-Person Tuesday 06/13/2023 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM   Add to calendar

Competencies: Business (Behavioral), Interpersonal (Behavioral), Leadership (Behavioral) | Intended Audience: Mid-Level
Workplace Application:
Participants will learn to create job descriptions that reflect the position's needs and mitigate dimensions of diversity. 

Unconscious bias shows up in job descriptions, which has informed our hiring decisions and diversity makeup. Lorne facilitates a workshop where participants learn how to analyze and write job descriptions to mitigate as much bias as possible. You will learn to highlight invisible diversity dimensions crucial to job success. They include learning & conflict styles, life experiences, attention to detail, ability to grow into the position, and professional skills. Data shows that the greater the diversity dimensions represented, the more productive and robust an organization is. You will practice a critical job description review to develop questions for the hiring manager and coworkers to help you bring salient clarity to the job description to hire the most diverse people available now. Organizations seek to become more diverse to expand their hiring pools and gain diversity advantages. Job descriptions are the leading edge of the hiring process, facilitating people to join your teams.

Learning Objectives:

  • Review and highlight bias in job descriptions.
  • Create critical questions to uncover the goals the position seeks to attain.
  • Learn what words, phrases, and themes contain biases to embrace and avoid.
  • Develop a palate of questions to take back to your office and discuss them with your hiring managers.
  • Compile uncovering questions to elicit critical stakeholder data into the job description.
  • Focus company job descriptions to be seen and read by more people.
  • Make distinctions between company values and culture to mitigate bias.
  • Bring the hiring manager and coworkers into the job description writing process.

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Lorne  Epstein, SHRM SCP Photo
Lorne Epstein, SHRM SCP, Unconscious Bias Trainer and Organizational Development Professional,
Electric Cow LLC