Reflect – Part 3

Exercise Part 3

Now let’s do an exercise. Do the exercises below and watch the video.

We’re taught to believe that hard work and dedication will lead to success, but that’s not always the case. Gender, race, ethnicity, religion, disability, sexual orientation are among the many factors that affect our chances, says writer and advocate Melinda Epler, and it’s up to each of us to be allies for those who face discrimination. In this actionable talk, Epler shares three ways to support people who are underrepresented in the workplace. “There’s no magic wand for correcting diversity and inclusion,” she says. “Change happens one person at a time, one act at a time, one word at a time.”

Inclusion consists of everyday behaviors and habits. The way we engage and interact with others really does matter. When we ask sincere thoughtful questions to gain perspective, listen with the purpose of understanding, consciously include and affirm colleagues and speak up or act when we see non-inclusive behavior, we foster connections and build a culture of belonging.

We can take small actions within the scope of our own work and job duties to contribute positively to the workplace culture.