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Apr 2, 201912:47 PMMosaic Marketplace

with Deborah Biddle — A blog for diverse business enterprises in and around Madison.

Workplace microaggression hurts

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Maybe you haven’t caused the wound of microaggression. Perhaps you’ve simply seen or heard it in your workplace. Know that when you remain silent and do nothing, it signals to your co-worker that you agree with the microaggression. Desmond Tutu said it this way: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” So, when you witness a microaggression:

  1. Be an ally;
  2. Interject — Ask a clarifying question of the person making the microaggressive comment (e.g., “Did I hear you correctly? Did you really mean to say that?”); and
  3. Redirect the conversation.

How can we create more inclusive workplaces that are microaggression-free zones?

  • Continuous education;
  • Create safe and respectful spaces to discuss microaggressions that people from diverse communities, backgrounds, and identities face;
  • Start consciously using small, appreciative gestures like a smile or a nod to acknowledge the worth of employees as individuals and find ways to appreciate your co-workers; and
  • Create inclusive workplaces where employees are respected and valued for whom they are and feel a level of supportive energy and commitment from others, so that they can do their best work.

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