Disrupting the Class Ceiling and Other Actions for Allies

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

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1. Take a close look at who you sponsor

“It’s really hard for any given individual in any given situation to fully parse what’s actual talent or intelligence or merit, and what’s, Gosh, that person reminds me of me, or I feel an affinity for them because we can talk about skiing or our trips to the Bahamas. Part of it is also that what your criteria are for a good worker often comes from what you think makes you a good worker.”

2. Call out harassment when you see it

3. Realize how language might close doors

“You might argue that people are too sensitive to this stuff. Perhaps that’s true, but this sensitivity may not rise to the level of consciousness. It may show up as a background discomfort, or an intuition that something isn’t a good fit.

If you’re writing or speaking and want to attract a larger audience, you don’t want to turn people away inadvertently. Your word choices may be metaphorically slamming doors in your readers’ faces, telling them they’re not welcome.”

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4. Check the demographics of planned layoffs

5. Buy the “Better Allies” Kindle book during our International Women’s Day sale

Being an ally is a journey. Want to join us?

Together, we can — and will — make a difference.

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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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