LinkedIn profile photos can open the door to explicit and implicit discrimination. Some examples of employment discrimination include:
8. Skin tone.
Looking at the list above, you see factors that get revealed in people’s photos.
The Harvard Implicit Social Attitude Tests
Thus, ask yourself:
1. Do you know whom you discriminate against?
2. Is it possible you have an unconscious bias or two?
3. Do you think you’re immune?
Then, if you want more self-awareness on this topic, take one or more of Harvard’s Implicit Social Attitude tests. The tests show you how you score on the types of discrimination shown above.
Go here, sign in as a real person or as a guest, and learn more about yourself.
I took a similar test years ago and learned I had one bias. It surprised me — and I was glad to learn there was just one. I was also 100% unaware of it. Since then, I have used the knowledge I gained to check myself when I recruit and make interview decisions.
Avoid Bias-Related Problems
Further, this self-knowledge is good for all company gatekeepers — recruiters and hiring managers — to have. When you know you have a bias, you can factor it into your recruiting and managerial decisions.
You can also share these examples of employment discrimination and the link to the Harvard tests with your recruiting team. Ask them to check themselves. Doing so might keep you legal, open you to talent pools you’ve missed, and help you improve your recruiting outcomes.
Earn a Diversity Dividend
If you’re doubtful, know that diversity yields results. For example, a 2017 McKenzie study found that companies with executive gender diversity perform better than male-dominated companies.
That is why you’ll see, regardless of laws and EEOC actions, that smart companies have prioritized their diversity strategies.
Updated May 2019
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