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How to support a coworker experiencing bias and prejudice

April 8, 2021 - By Kim Scott

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In this excerpt from Kim Scott’s new book, she describes how bystanders not only help the targets of injustice feel less alone, but also provide clear feedback to the person causing harm.

A big part of why I wrote this book is to recognize and express gratitude for the essential role of people who stand up for their coworkers. For every bad experience I’ve had as a woman in the workplace, I’ve had multiple good experiences with people who were there to help me navigate these moments and support me afterward. I am so grateful to these friends, colleagues, employees, bosses, and even strangers. They are upstanders, and they far outnumber the people who cause harm. Upstanders fuel my optimism that we can solve the problem of workplace injustice.

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