Zero Discrimination Day: Are we improving?

  I have a challenge for you. Make sure that you read the following passage and consider your answer before reading on:   A father and his son were in a car accident.  The father died on impact, and the son was taken to the nearest hospital.  At the last minute, the surgeon pulled away from the boy and said, …

How Bendigo & Adelaide Bank removed unconscious bias and hired better graduates

  Shane Phillips took stewardship of Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s graduate program after a successful pilot program in 2012. Driven by a desire to add rigor and benchmark-quality to the recruitment process whilst embracing a lean methodology, Shane turned to the Revelian suite of tools.     Insights   “Testing every candidate on Cognitive Ability at such an early stage …

Psychometric Testing Reduces Diversity (Positively)

  Not long ago, after finishing up at a client meeting, I noticed the cafe downstairs. Rather, I noticed that all of the staff within this cramped stall looked quite similar.   They all had atypical multi-coloured hair, tattoos, piercings, similar clothing and a very similar burst of energy when interacting with their customers. This vision prompted me to think …

Time to enter the ‘Age of Objectivity’

  Discussing a reluctance to employ older workers that is costing the country billions every year, Australia’s Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan recently called for employers to “say to themselves, I want the best person for the job, not a person that I’m judging by the number of birthdays he or she has had.”   It’s well known that biases, …

Discriminating taste? Yes, you have it.

  Years ago I applied for different roles within my field with five employers. After receiving no call backs, my narcissistic alter ego questioned how this could be. How could they not want to call me back? I was suitably qualified for each and every role.   I decided to do something a little out of the ordinary and so …