Lorne Epstein

Lorne Epstein delivered this unconscious bias workshop to 4,300 HRCI members in October 2020 and over 8,400 professionals since April 2020. He spoke at SHRM Inclusion 21 in Austin. His 20+ workshops improve decision-making by reducing bias in the workplace. Since 1993 Lorne has been leading experiential workshops and has been an HR professional since 1996. He is researching solutions to make our world inclusive for everyone. His book, You’re Hired! Interview Skills to Get the Job, has been downloaded over a half-million times worldwide. He is SHRM-SCP certified and a Charter Member of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals.

10.00 AM – 12.00 PM

Wednesday 14th Sept

Removing Bias from Job Descriptions

Unconscious bias shows up in job descriptions, which have informed our hiring decisions and diversity makeup. Lorne facilitates a workshop where participants learn how to analyze and write job descriptions to mitigate as much bias as possible. You will learn to highlight invisible diversity dimensions crucial to job success. They include learning & conflict styles, life experiences, attention to detail, ability to grow into the position, and professional skills. Data shows that the greater the diversity dimensions represented, the more productive and robust an organization. You will practice a critical job description review to develop questions for the hiring manager and coworkers to help you bring salient clarity to the job description to hire the most diverse people available now.

Our organizations seek to become more diverse to expand our hiring pools and gain diversity advantages. Job descriptions are the leading edge of the hiring process, facilitating people to join our organization. Job Descriptions demonstrate what the organization values, what goals need to be accomplished, and what they are looking for in the person who will best achieve the stated goals. We are looking to break through the old job descriptions model to create a diverse workforce.

Learning Objectives

Participants will learn to create job descriptions that reflect the position’s needs and mitigate dimensions of diversity.

  • Review and highlight bias in job descriptions.
  • Create critical questions designed to uncover the goals the position seeks to attain.
  • Learn what words, phrases, and themes contain biases to embrace and avoid.
  • Develop a palate of questions to take back to your office and discuss them with your hiring┬ámanagers.
  • Compile uncovering questions to elicit critical data from stakeholders into the job description.
  • Focus company job descriptions to be seen and read by more people.
  • Make distinctions between company values and culture to mitigate bias.
  • Bring the hiring manager and coworkers into the job description writing process.