Tips for Serving as an Ally

 

Kathy Gurchiek By Kathy Gurchiek March 1, 2019
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Here are some ideas on how to be an ally, from Catalyst, the National Center for Women & Information Technology and Better Allies: Everyday Actions to Create Inclusive, Engaging Workplaces: 

  • Recommend employees in underrepresented groups for stretch assignments and other learning opportunities. 
  • Invite members of underrepresented groups within your company to speak at staff meetings, write for company newsletters or take on other highly visible roles. 
  • Use objective criteria to equitably evaluate employees in similar roles, and tie the feedback to business goals. Research found that more men than women tended to receive more development feedback that was linked to specific, actionable business outcomes (60 percent of men versus 40 percent of women). 
  • Offer to mentor someone who is a member of an underrepresented group in the workplace 
  • Demand diverse representation if you are attending an event and see a homogeneous lineup of speakers. And if you are offered a speaking engagement but know someone from an underrepresented group who would do an excellent job, suggest to the event organizer that your colleague take your place. 
  • Attend industry events for people who are different from yourself. It can be eye-opening and an opportunity to expand your network. Check with organizers first, though. There have been occasional backlashes from women when men show up to an all-female event, the Harvard Business Review reported.
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