Students Staff
University of Essex

November 11, 2015

See things differently at Essex

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The way we work matters. That’s why we’ve consulted with you to create a set of behaviours that best describe our attitude to working at the University of Essex.

Introducing the Essex Professional framework

Every successful team is underpinned by the strengths, talents and behaviours of its members, and a shared understanding of what it wants to achieve. Everyone has something to offer.

Whatever your role or level of responsibility, as an employee of the University of Essex within Professional Services we want to encourage and equip you to play a full part in the organisation’s  future success.

That means everyone demonstrating attitudes and behaviours at work to make the University of Essex an inspiring, positive and collaborative place to work. We’re promoting this through a framework called the Essex Professional. This defines a set of core, positive behaviours which frame how we approach our work, complementing what we do.

What we mean by behaviour

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October 29, 2015

Unconscious bias

We all have biases but how can we stop them affecting our decision-making?

Think of a surgeon, or a nurse, and do you picture a man or a woman?

What do you think when you see someone who is overweight or particularly short, someone who has facial piercings or tattoos, someone who wears a headscarf?

Unconscious, or implicit, bias affects every area of our lives. Unconsciously we tend to like people who look like us, think like us and come from backgrounds similar to ours. We all like to think we are open-minded and objective but research has shown that beliefs and values gained from family, culture and a lifetime of experiences influence how we view and evaluate both others and ourselves.

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