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Managing unconscious bias in employment decisions in the early childhood sector

Quite apart from intentional prejudices, an individual’s decisions are also influenced by underlying or unconscious attitudes or stereotypes, known as “unconscious bias”. Unconscious bias likely plays a role in the early childhood sector, where a centre may unintentionally prefer female candidates in the recruitment process.

With the introduction of a positive duty under the Respect@Work laws, it is now critical that employers look to train managers regarding the impact of their unconscious biases in the workplace, particularly when it comes to employment, promotion and remuneration.

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