How to Actively Identify and Minimize Unconscious Bias
Identify Physical and Personal Attributes You Avoid
Take some time to think and become self-aware of your feelings towards certain races, genders, religious affiliations, styles, body types, and any other biases you may not be aware of. Do you trust men more than women with projects or vice versa? What do you mean when you say a candidate isn't the right fit? What factors play into who you promote? These are all good questions to ask yourself to identify potential biases.
Rethink Your Hiring Approach
What do you specifically look for when you sift through resumes? You may shy away from certain candidates subconsciously because of physical attributes even if they are the most qualified. Consider having certain information redacted so you choose a candidate solely on their merit. When it comes to the interview process, it's wise to have a script for questions, this way you ask everyone the same questions regardless of race, gender, age, or religious affiliation.
Encourage Employees to Speak Up
This can be done through various methods, but anonymous surveys tend to get more accurate answers. Regular surveys can help you identify where you're doing well, what can be done better, and if people feel as though they are being treated fairly. Honesty is key as growth can't happen if management isn't aware of possible issues within the workplace.
Create a Mentoring Program
Pairing a current employee with a new employee not only helps the new hire adjust to an unfamiliar place but also creates a more welcoming environment in which to work. Consider pairing a new hire with a current employee, or even take it a step further and pair people into diverse groups. This helps your employees gain a better insight into their co-workers' lives and decreases the chance of implicit bias.
An empire isn't built in a day and implicit bias isn't demolished with a few moments of half-hearted introspection. Keep assessing yourself, your employees, and your company as a whole so you can develop an environment that is inviting to all.