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Over the last number of years CPM has continued to grow its commitment to Diversity, Equality and Inclusion in the workplace. We have done this by increasing our understanding of the needs of the team and putting supports and training in place to reflect that. Hear from our teammates about how we can #BreakTheBias and how women can influence and change false beliefs of society.

 

Dominika Bialecka, HR Officer (CPM Ireland)

  • What bias do you see in the world? 

Similarity Bias is something I see in the world a lot, where people want to surround themselves with those that have same interests as them, both in private life and in work. As a result, they are close minded and not open to making friendships with those that have different interests.

 

  • What issues does this bias create? How does it make you / people feel?

This bias in particular can create a division amongst groups in work, as well as outside of work. For example, recruiters may subconsciously hire those that would have similar style of work etc as them.

 

  • What needs to happen to break this bias? 

In order to break this bias, I think everybody must take it upon themselves to be more open minded to diversity whether in the workplace or outside of work and make the effort to engage with everybody.

 

  • What part will you play in breaking the bias? 

I will ensure to make equal effort with everybody and be open minded when building friendships.

 

  • Advice to others around how to challenge and overcome this bias?

I think the best advice would be to be open minded and never “judge a book by its’ cover” and treat everybody equally.

 

Jade Cannon, Client Operations Analyst (CPM Ireland)

  • What bias do you see in the world? 

Perception bias is clearly evident in today’s world, people are judged and treated unfairly over simplistic stereotypes/assumptions that have been made based on something they have perceived to be true.

 

  • What issues does this bias create? How does it make you / people feel?

This bias causes people to feel discriminated against, excluded and prejudged – this can be anything from not being invited to the after-work drinks to watch the match because of your gender or that you might not want to join an afterwork physical activity because of you age.

 

  • What needs to happen to break this bias? 

People need to forget what they might think they know about someone – don’t assume a certain thing by their age, gender or appearance.

 

  • What part will you play in breaking the bias? 

I need to challenge my assumptions and to force myself to not assume but to presume that they may be interested/open to anything.

 

  • Advice to others around how to challenge and overcome this bias?

It is essential to be inclusive to all around you – think, what do you really know about this person and why am I automatically assuming they might not want to do this? Be open and embrace the people around you, they might surprise 😊

 

At CPM, we always encourage inclusiveness, diversity, equity and integrity. It’s in our DNA that we care, we’re curious and we achieve together. If you want to be a part of our family, check out our current opportunities here.

 

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