In a survey conducted by the Center for Generational Kinetics and Ultimate Software, six out of 10 employees answered that a toxic workplace would cause them to leave their job. Workplaces can become toxic due to “microaggressions,” or intentional and unintentional slights against any minority group. One of the most common microaggressions is people speaking over women and underrepresented minorities in conversations and meetings.
“[They] share an idea or comment and everyone ignores it, then the male in the room says it and everyone thinks it’s the greatest thing,” explained Elizabeth Ames, senior vice president of marketing, alliances, and programs for the Anita Borg Institute (ABI). She went on to describe what employees and managers can do to deal with microaggressions and how to prevent them from happening in the first place.