Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Tie feedback to business outcomes

When Kathy Caprino interviewed me for an article for Forbes, I had a lot to say in response to one of her questions: How can improving performance feedback lead to more diverse and inclusive workplaces? …

Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Talk about their expertise

In the Harvard Business Review article People Share More Information with Colleagues of Similar Cultural Backgrounds, Dr. Burcu Subaşi wrote about her research on the impact an employee’s cultural background has on their ability to perform as a part of a team. The bottom line? Those with the most cultural…

Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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🎉

Last week marked the 200th edition of “5 Ally Actions.” I still can’t believe it. To celebrate this milestone, I asked the Better Allies community for examples of the impact we’ve made together. Below is what you shared with me. 🙏

1. Be an upstander, not a bystander

“At a recent training for Diversity Equity and Inclusion…

Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Indicate if a dead­line is flex­i­ble

In How Men and Women Treat Deadlines in the Workplace Differently, Dr. Ashley Whillans and Dr. Grant Donnelly wrote about their research showing that women are less likely than men to negotiate for extensions on projects.

“We found that women are more concerned than men about appearing incompetent and burdening…

Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Conduct stay interviews

At a recent Better Allies Fireside Chat, an audience member asked me how to identify why people from underrepresented groups leave an organization.

I decided to answer a slightly different question: How to identify why someone might leave before they leave. And I shared a best practice I heard about…

Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Host an Open Forum

Public speaking is like a career multivitamin. Presenting at a team meeting, a company gathering, or an external event increases one’s visibility. Which leads to sponsors taking notice. And that leads to career growth.

While public speaking can be nerve-wracking, to the point that many of us say “nope” or…

Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Realize racism kills careers

Last weekend, I read Minda Harts’ new book, Right Within: How to Heal from Racial Trauma in the Workplace. While her primary audience is women of color, it’s also a critical read for anyone who wants to be a better ally. Harts gives so much insight into the everyday racism…

Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Work up your courage for a redo

Do you not always know how to intervene when you see bias or harassment? Me, too.

In her new book The Wake Up, Michelle MiJung Kim shares an impactful collection of stories and principles to apply to diversity and inclusion work — from personal practices to organizational change. I could…

Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Advocate for opportunities, especially for women of color

McKinsey and LeanIn released their latest annual Women in the Workplace study with findings from 65,000 employees at 423 companies. It’s full of insight on how men and women experience the workplace differently, including an intersectional analysis of the experience of women of color, women with disabilities, and LGBTQ+ women.

Each week, Karen Catlin shares five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

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1. Let yourself be a beginner

In The Path to Allyship, Denise Hamilton, an inclusion strategist and CEO of WatchHerWork, wrote about adopting a beginner mindset:

“If you are doing anything worthwhile, you will make mistakes. It is not a possibility, but guaranteed. As adults, most of us have identified our areas of giftedness and focus…

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