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Identifying and Addressing Unconscious Bias in the Workplace w/ Angela Livingston

In episode 24, we talk with Angela Livingston to hear about what unconscious bias in the workplace is—and why it’s important to understand it.
Episode 24
What is unconscious bias? Do you have one? Is there something ‘wrong’ with you if you do? Let’s answer the second and third questions first: Yes, everyone does. And no, but it’s good to take the time to understand your own biases and work on them. Now, to better understand the answer to the first question, we sat down with Angela Livingston, Sr. HR Business Partner at Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES). She told us all about what unconscious bias in the workplace is—and why it’s important to understand our own biases in order to overcome them and not take action on them. In this episode, we also talked about:
  • How to know if you have an unconscious bias
  • The difference between unconscious bias and racism
  • How unconscious bias can impact HR, people management, and hiring processes
  • Strategies to overcome or mitigate unconscious bias in the workplace
PS. Here’s the link to take the Harvard Implicit Association Test (IAT) Angela referenced.
Angela Livingston
Angela Livingston
Angela Livingston, SHRM-CP, MBA has nearly a decade of HR experience in high regulated, high tech companies that are Federal Contractors and supported people in other states. She’s worked for an international company with ~20K US employees that did a lot of immigration work, and she’s worked for a company with ~3500 US employees that doesn’t support work visas. One constant is that she’s always working with people empathetically with an eye on integrity.
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