Calling all of the misfits, those in the minority and anyone else who ever has to put up with discrimination or the unconscious bad behaviour of others… this week’s Choose Your Attitude Show is for you!
I’m going to start with a caveat: sometimes biased behaviour is downright discriminatory or illegal, and that needs to be taken up with HR or the authorities. Yet so often there are little incidences that occur which might not be significant enough to take to the next level, but that do need to be addressed. In these day-to-day situations, our silence sounds like acceptance.
Yet speaking up is difficult. What if it becomes confrontational? What if they don’t understand my point of view? What if I get emotional when I try to explain how their words or actions affected me? Will it make any difference anyway? These questions run around my head, but in my experience running the Diversity & Inclusion consultancy MIX, most people are shocked to find that they may have inadvertently hurt you or caused offence. Speaking up not only becomes an act of standing up for yourself, but is also actively positive for the person who demonstrated the bias. Your words may even have an impact on the countless other people that they come into contact with in the future.
As well as the Show, I’ve put together a free PDF to help you to walk through the steps of speaking up. You can get it HERE. I’d recommend printing it and stashing it in a notebook or your top drawer at work, so it’s always handy should you need it.
The great thing is that, even though we all have unconscious biases, there are practical steps that we can take to change our own actions and the actions of those around us.
I so hope you find this useful.
Resources from this week’s Choose Your Attitude Show
FREE GUIDE: 3 Ways to Speak Up Against Unconscious Bias: www.debrasearle.com/bias
Our Inclusive Recruitment Online Course: https://mixdiversitydevelopers.co.uk/e-learning
Thinking, Fast and Slow, by Daniel Kahneman: https://amzn.to/2LID5Hi [affiliate link]
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