What is a microaggression? 14 things people think are fine to say at work — but are not.
Source: Business Insider
Recent protests over the killing of George Floyd have sparked a nationwide conversation about racism in all areas of American life, including in the office.
Prejudice, bias, and discrimination at work are a lot more common than many business leaders would like to admit. A survey by Glassdoor of 1,100 US employees found that 61% of US employees had witnessed or experienced workplace discrimination based on age, race, gender, or LGBTQ identity.
Some of this plays out in the form of microaggressions, or indirect, often unintentional expressions of racism, sexism, ageism, or ableism. They come out in seemingly innocuous comments by people who might be well-intentioned.
From telling a new female worker that she "looks like a student" to asking a black colleague about her natural hair, microaggressions often exist in the workplace, too. And they can make a workplace feel uncomfortable, unsafe, and toxic.