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Ep. 39: [Listen to Them] Common Micro-aggressions Your Black Talent Encounter in the Workplace

Welcome to Inclusion and Marketing, the show that’s all about helping you win the attention, adoration, and loyalty of more consumers, especially those with differences that are often ignored by brands.

I’m your host, Sonia Thompson, a marketer and someone with a lot of differences. Let’s get to it.

Micro-aggressions are like little pinches, slaps, and punches people from marginalized communities all too often at work. Sometimes the people delivering the micro-aggresions are aware that they are committing them, and other times they are both completely oblivious they are delivering them, and of the impact it has on the recipient.

Micro-aggressions prevent and ruin inclusive cultures. If you want everyone on your team to feel like they belong — including your talent from underrepresented and underserved communities, you’ve got to stamp out micro-aggressions from your culture.

A smart starting point is to be aware of common micro-aggressions people on your team could be experiencing. In this episode, Black talent share common micro-aggressions they’ve experienced, how they deal with them, and how it impacts their working relationships.


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Access the full transcript of the episode here.

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