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Middle Managers Default to Casual Prejudice, UBS’s Donovan Says

While corporate leaders globally understand the benefits of a diverse and inclusive workforce, the problem lies more with middle managers who often fall back on “casual prejudice,” said Paul Donovan, chief economist at UBS Group AG’s global wealth management unit.

“The problem of course is less with the corner office, it’s more as we go down the management structure,” he said Tuesday at Bloomberg’s Equality Summit. “We all tend to fall back on rule of thumb and the rule of thumb very often creates casual prejudice, unconscious bias. Overcoming that is quite difficult to do.”