Be a Better Ally With These Clever Responses to Microaggressions

Each week, we share five simple actions to create a more inclusive workplace and be a better ally.

Picture of an old typewriter and phrases typed on paper “What makes you say that? We don’t do that here. I don’t get it. Can you explain the joke to me? Wow, that was awkward.”

1. Memorize phrases to use when you witness microaggressions

2. Don’t put “preferably Caucasian” or specify gender in your job description

3. Use objective criteria to evaluate job candidates

4. Embrace the singular “they”

5. Ask, “What two changes would make it easier for you to do a great job?”

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Everyday actions to create inclusive, engaging workplaces. Together, we can — and will — make a difference with the Better Allies® approach.

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