Microaggressions in the Workplace

What are Microaggressions? 

While the term microaggression has been known in the psychology world for over 50 years, it’s now part of the broader conversation on workplace diversity, inclusion and unconscious bias.

Microaggressions are everyday verbal, nonverbal, and environmental slights, snubs, or insults, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative messages to people based solely upon being members of a marginalized group, according to Dr. Derald Wing Sue, a professor of counseling psychology at Columbia University and a pioneer in the study of microaggressions.

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While microaggressions may appear to be harmless or even seem like a compliment (telling a person of color ‘you are so articulate’), they contain demeaning hidden messages that often stem from unconscious biases. Employees who are frequent targets of microaggressions can experience health problems, burnout and other negative effects from what’s been called a “death by a thousand cuts.”

And with more employees now working from home, it’s important to raise awareness that microaggressions can occur on live chats and video meetings, too.

 As one of many steps organizations can take to improve workplace culture, training can motivate employees to recognize microaggressions and respond in ways that can lead to positive change, whether they are a target, a bystander or a microaggressor. 

Online Training: Microaggressions in the Workplace

Microaggressions in the Workplace is a 15-minute, standalone course designed for all employees and managers. The training features a video segment, examples of microaggressive behavior and interactive assessments that promote a more inclusive workplace. A certificate of completion is included.

Employees and managers learn:

  • What microaggressions are and the negative effects they can have on others
  • Why certain remarks are considered microaggressions
  • How to respond to microaggressions in a positive and effective manner
There is nothing more inclusive than providing an easy, consistent, and accessible experience for all of your employees. Traliant provides Section 508-Compliant training that detects and adapts to the individual learner. Our Microaggressions in the Workplace course is designed to accommodate a range of auditory, visual, intellectual, and kinesthetic abilities.


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