Posted by: hannah.yaz | January 13, 2019

Removing the Bias

I have recently been thinking about the importance of companies only evaluating individuals based on their capabilities and work experience, rather than considering any other factor (such as gender) that does not directly influence their leadership abilities. I’m not exactly sure how this would be done, but I think companies need to start thinking about initiating a hiring process in which an individual’s gender is not made known. One idea that came to mind is a website companies can make where they post positions online that they need filled, and individuals can apply for them anonymously. Obviously, there would need to be some way for the company to be able to reach out to the individual, but this could be as simple as having a “reply” option on the website so the individual can be pursued and eventually hired. I understand this type of method has its setbacks and could take a lot of time to catch on, but it popped into my head as I was reading the articles so I thought I would share my thoughts.

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Responses

  1. I think this idea is very creative and interesting. I was actually thinking about posting a topic very similar to this because I got to the third interview stage and my guy friend didn’t. I thought this was very weird because he seemed to be more qualified and just overall a better speaker. I think it would be interesting to see if this was tested what the results would be.

  2. I think that this would be a great idea, something that is practical and unbiased. I believe it is really important to remove any potential for gender bias, especially in the workplace, because a hiring committee can be using gender to advantage or disadvantage a candidate without realizing it. Allowing a pretty woman to come back for a position instead of a man could be unintentional, without the intent to discriminate, but this new website would avoid that option. I think it is a good idea, and I would be interested to see the reaction of companies to using this type of system.

  3. This is a wonderful idea. We have been talking in class about how women have been given fewer opportunities than men due to gender, but there can also be bias on both sides. Overall I am very passionate about the fact people should be given opportunities based on qualification of dedication rather than gender. In positions such as presidency or ceo, the importance is that the job can be done well and as humans we are easily influenced by appearance whether we want to be or not. Overall, that would be a great website!

  4. I really love this idea! Even though companies aren’t supposed to judge based on what is filled out in the preliminary section (name, gender, ethnicity, etc.), some bosses may still subconsciously deny or hire people based on what is in those boxes if two candidates seem similar. I think this could be a good way to eliminate that discrepancy and there could be some other way for different candidates to be differentiated, maybe by a color or picture of a landscape.

  5. This is true equality at its finest – evaluating people based on their qualities. One of the readings for tomorrows class discussed how although women make up 50% of the population and roughly half of the workforce (46%) we do not have that percentage in high executive positions. While this blind gender application process certainly seems like it could help remove gender bias, I think it’s also important to note that one of the reasons females might not make up a higher majority of executive positions, is because many females still value (and fully enjoy) the ideals of being a stay at home mom. I’m not sure if we will ever reach equity with regards to executive positions, and while this is certainly still due to sexism in some regards, it may also be because of the desires that some females have to BE a stay at home mom and provide a loving home for their children.


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