Build an Inclusive Environment

How Power Differences Quietly Impact Work Relationships

People might be holding back their great ideas because your culture isn't as inclusive as you think. Power differences can impact how we engage with each other. It can lead to harassment situations when that power is used inappropriately, and can also impact how words and actions are perceived, and acted upon. For the sake of treating each other fairly and creating a more inclusive environment, managers are encouraged to step outside their lens and view the perspective of their employees.

Micro Lesson Description
In this micro lesson, we illustrate how power differences, also known as power dynamics, can influence the way employees engage with their managers and vice versa. Encouraging employees to speak up, share ideas, and recognize their efforts are just a few examples of how to overcome power differences and create a more inclusive workplace.

Key Concepts

  • How to encourage candor and participation from your team.
  • The importance of making an effort to reach out to employees and find out what’s holding them back. 
  • Why coaching and mentoring should be a priority and what happens, as a result, if it’s not.
  • When an employee doesn’t object, it doesn’t mean that they welcome your conduct or agree with your statements.
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