Toxic workplaces often exclude minority workers. Here’s how to respond if you’re being marginalized at work.

Alan Henry.

Exclusion is one of the most common indicators of a toxic workplace, according to MIT research.
Being marginalized at work can affect employees’ productivity and mental health.
Alan Henry, author of a new book, told Insider how to cope with being marginalized at work.

Exclusionary or non-inclusive language, actions, or attitudes are the most common indicators of a toxic workplace, according to an analysis of 1.4 million employee reviews by MIT lecturer Donald Sull.

This can vary from microaggressions towards colleagues of a minority race, gender, or sexual identity to overt racism or sexism in the workplace.

Exclusionary behavior can be hard to respond to as a minority worker. Fighting back can lead to being branded aggressive. Going to superiors may not always get results if attitudes are normalized within a work culture.

Alan Henry, author of the new book “Seen, Heard, and Paid,” told Insider that these behaviors can affect minority workers’ productivity and mental health. Being marginalized at work can also hurt career progression, leading to fewer opportunities and less pay.

Henry is currently a senior editor at Wired and specializes in workplace productivity. He was previously the Smarter Living editor at The New York Times and the editor-in-chief of the productivity and lifestyle blog Lifehacker. 

He broke down his top advice for handling microaggressions and discrimination in the workplace.

Turn microaggressions back on co-workers

Microaggressions are a type of indirect or unintentional discrimination against members of a marginalized group. 

These aggressions can be hard to handle in a workplace because they are not outright discriminatory and often don’t feel like enough to build a formal complaint around.

Around 61% of US workers had seen or been subjected to workplace discrimination based on age, race, gender, or sexual identity, according to a 2019 Glassdoor survey.

Henry said the best way to deal …read more

Source:: Businessinsider

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