What the F*** is Diversity Training Anyway?
Right Intent, Wrong Impact
My life’s purpose is to change the world by changing the workplace. Our work, where we work and what we do, is a significant part of our lives and we can’t afford to undervalue how much of ourselves we invest in it. We deserve to be free to be our whole selves at all times, yet we readily leave ourselves behind while we attempt to take a skeleton of ourselves into work each day. Read More
The other day I was walking down the street and a stranger interrupted me. After confirming the interruption wasn't for any sort of an emergency and was just because they wanted casual chitchat, I declined the invitation and went back to what I was doing prior to the interruption.
The story should end there, but it doesn't. The stranger then became upset with... Read More
I follow a lot of pages that are advocating for equality. There is no shortage of posts and videos that use humor to raise awareness. I think it's great that these posts exist. They are funny and inspire folks to share them often. This is a great way for those who are experiencing the effects of bias and oppression to know that they are not alone. The isolation we feel is pretty darn rough and it means a lot when we learn that there are others fighting along with us.
What I can't seem to find as much of are sources that are explaining these issues to those who haven't experienced them. If all they see are posts and videos about how hilariously ridiculous it is, how are they ever supposed to feel that they are in a safe enough of an environment to ask questions to learn and understand the issues? We weren't all born with... Read More
I was just talking to my mother and she reminded me about something I had done when I was a kid. Once she brought it up, I realized it was an important moment in my life. I learned a very important lesson that day.
I don’t remember what grade it was, it was either third or fourth grade I think. The school had just implemented a rule that... Read More
I’m disruptive. I challenge expectations. I make some people uncomfortable when I fail to do my gender. And I've tired of the advice about how to act like someone else so that I may be perceived as who I am.
As a woman, I face many challenges and disadvantages. Luckily, there’s an overabundance of advice out there to teach me how to... Read More
Employers, I have something to say and you may not like it. We really suck at identifying bias in ourselves, and we are all biased. Every one of us.
Unconscious bias affects many, if not all, of us at work every day. Our career growth can be slowed or halted because of it. Our ability to enjoy our time at work can be affected by it. Our overall happiness can be destroyed because of it. But it’s not something anyone is doing to us. These biases are natural and exist in everyone. We are all biased. We’re biased about others and ourselves. It’s part of being human. And it’s no one’s fault.
This, though, is a challenge we can meet. I believe we can create true equality in the workplace. The first step is... Read More
Unconscious bias, while unintentional, is far from harmless. Most women experience unconscious gender bias at work every day, and there is no easy way to address it. Study after study after study has proven this is happening and happening often. There are plenty of laws and company policies in place to protect from gender discrimination, but how do we get protection from the assumptions and bad habits of others when they don’t realize they’re doing it? What can we do right now to relieve us from some of the issues that arise from this unconscious bias in the workplace? Holacracy.
If you are unfamiliar with Holacracy, get familiar with it. It’s a new organizational structure and it provides protections that create an environment in which some actions based on unconscious bias are not possible. Yes, that reads “not possible.” Too good to be true? Here’s how it works… Read More