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What are some examples of micro-inequities?

What are some examples of micro-inequities?

Examples of micro-inequities include constantly mispronouncing someone’s name, not making eye contact with women in the room, and confusing someone’s ethnicity for another, amongst many others.

What are micro-inequities in the workplace?

A micro-inequity is a behavior, not a thought or belief. It can be a comment, a gesture, a use of specific words, even a tone of voice. Unfortunately, the results of micro-inequities are not trivial. They lead employees to feel unwelcome, unsupported, devalued, marginalized and invisible in their own workplace.

What are some examples of micro-inequities and micro aggressions?

Subtle Bias: Micro-Inequities and Micro-Aggressions

  • The leader says good morning to everyone but one person.
  • A manager repeatedly ignores the existence of a colleague in the elevator.
  • A group of employees go out for coffee or drinks after work and leave one person on the team consistently behind.

How can micro-inequities be communicated?

According to the theory, micro-inequities are subtle, often unconscious, messages that devalue, discourage and impair workplace performance. They are conveyed through facial expressions, gestures, tone of voice, choice of words, nuance and syntax.

What are examples of micro behaviors?

Letting someone finish their sentence. Giving eye contact. Demonstrating positive body language and facial expressions. Calling out interruptions and asking the person who was speaking to continue.

What are micro advantages?

Micro-advantages are gestures, facial expressions, choices of words, and tones that are even more subtle but just as important in making the person feel valued and appreciated. Examples of micro-advantages are: making eye contact, nodding and smiling, and not crossing your arms.

What are micro messages?

MICRO MESSAGES Small, subtle, and often unintentional messages we send and receive verbally and non-verbally. We subconsciously communicate values and expectations that can be supportive (micro-affirmations) or negative (micro-inequities).

What are micro behaviors?

Micro-behaviours are tiny, often unconscious gestures, facial expressions, postures, words and tone of voice which can influence how included (or not included) the people around us feel. The term ‘micro-behaviours’ was coined by psychologist Mary Rowe in the early 1970s.

What is an example of micro messaging?

Micro-messages are small behaviors that have a big impact. Subtle, semi-conscious, universally understood messages, both verbal and physical, tell others what we really think about them. There are two kinds of micro-messages: micro-affirmations (positive messages) and micro-inequities (negative messages).

What are positive micro behaviors?

Demonstrating positive body language and facial expressions. Calling out interruptions and asking the person who was speaking to continue. Mentioning the achievements of all of those involved in a piece of work. Putting your phone away during a meeting. Remembering names and information.

What is Micro messaging?

What is Micro bias?

In this blog, I use the umbrella term ‘micro-biases” to refer to micro-inequities—unintentional slights that tend not to specifically reference legally protected group categories such as gender, race, disability, age but which demean or marginalise; and micro-aggressions—slights that reference group stereotypes and …

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