Workplace Microaggressions

Microaggressions are exhausting for the people who experience them. But what are they exactly and how do you know? And, for HR, what do you do?

Well, they’re subtle. So yes, it might not be easy to be certain. Honestly I struggle to identify what is a microaggression and what is truly an innocent comment. This week’s guest, Emily Williams suggests that if someone accuses you of microaggressions, you need to do some self-reflection. She specializes in supporting women of colour and organizations address microaggressions and create psychological safety.

Other things:

3️⃣ There are three types of microaggressions.

⁉️ She answers the question “Is it a microaggression or just a comment?”

🤷🏻‍♀️Recognizing a microaggression is sometimes the hardest part.

⛑Microaggressions have a long-term health impact.

🔨 Your support doesn’t have to be a bludgeon. For example, when someone is spoken over, you can say “I want to hear what Maria has to say.”

Emily spoke about training – email her for more information at .

She also mentioned an e-book, Women of Color: Powerfully Standup to Microaggressions. Give it a read!

Andrea Adams