Barriers to Inclusion – Micro-inequities in the workplace

You may have noticed that it is not just the big things that exclude or devalue members of a team, often little things have an impact as well.

Our unconscious biases play out in our behaviours. Micro-inequities are tiny behaviours (gestures, tone, actions) or use of language (words) that undermine positive intentions, perceived by others as exclusionary and may discriminate.

Examples include conduct on the part of people in positions of authority that limits input from those who are seen as outsiders, foreigners, subordinates, or juniors. An accumulation of micro-inequities creates a workplace environment that feels friendly to some but pervasively hostile to others.

These behaviours, once noticed, can be reversed or corrected (Micro-affirmations).

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