Having a truly equal company depends on education and diversity training.
Varied and inclusive work environments can be equally hard to find and difficult to create. An ally is someone who’s not a member of an underrepresented group but who behaves to encourage that group.
Active allies use their authenticity to develop a more inclusive office where everyone can flourish, and discover methods to make their chance work for others. And wielding opportunity as an ally does not have to be difficult. I’ve actually seen allies at all levels act with simple, everyday attempts that makes a change! Here are a number of roles that allies can opt to play to encourage colleagues from underrepresented groups in handy procedures.
Talk about the proficiency you see in others, especially during performance calibrations and marketing discussions.
Once an ally takes on the operation of racial equality, they often have a more public role. Champions willingly delay to colleagues from underrepresented groups in conventions and in noticeable, industry-wide events and conferences, sending meaningful messages to large audiences. Direct questions about technical or specific subjects to employees with subject-matter knowledge instead of answering them yourself.
If you are asked to keynote or function and you’re an ally for an underrepresented group who would be a similarly good fit (or better), advise that person (after asking them if they would like to be put on stage). It’s important for women, especially black women in particular to feel like they are able to voice their opinions without being screamed over.
An equal company happens when the right education and the right environment meet to make a real change from the past.