Women often struggle to find the confidence to speak up at office meetings, and when they do, they are usually ignored or interrupted by their male co-workers. In order to hear the important points and ideas from female employees, managers need to find ways of making meetings more inclusive.
“As a manager, when you see dismissive behavior, you can take [the culprit] into a private conversation and tell them the behavior does not contribute to the job being done,” said Telle Whitney, President and CEO of the Anita Borg Institute.
Telle also encourages employees stand up for one another when other co-workers are being disrespectful. “One of the most successful strategies in this situation and others is to find allies,” she said. “This is one of the reasons it is so important to have more women in the workforce.”