If we’ve watched “Office,” we all know how hard it is to bring our whole selves to work! It was refreshing to hear Sandra Altine’, VP of Diversity & Inclusion at Facebook suggest 3 tips at a recent webinar:
- Understand your culture well. What will work here?
- Be intentional and clear in what you are looking for.
- Know the effort that it will take to mitigate bias.
Allow employees to have their own voice, a sense of belonging and an opportunity to share their ideas with others. Managers must have the emotional intelligence and situational awareness to understand the needs of people of color and disenfranchised groups.
Without leaning into discomfort, it will be very difficult to create systemic change in an organization.