How to Speak Up If You See Bias at Work

“It takes courage to be the one, perhaps the only one, who calls out a behavior as unhelpful to a productive work environment, but failure to acknowledge and address bias or offensive behavior validates the conduct and may create an impression that the behavior is acceptable, and even to be expected, in the workplace. Moreover, normalizing offensive conduct in this subtle manner tends to have a chilling effect on other potential dissenters, and communicates to those who are offended, regardless of whether they are targets of the behavior, that their perspectives and voices are not valued.” This article provides useful tips for handling this challenging situation.