How can companies tackle microaggressions? By constantly improving company culture. As industries become more diverse and progressive, work environments must accommodate to these changes now more than ever.
Actually, employees need to be able to cope with an environment where people say stupid things sometimes. It’s really no big deal.
Next time you consider making a comment on a coworker’s work ethic or capabilities, stop and think. Evaluate whether or not the comment is solely rooted in their skill-set or as a result of subliminal prejudices.
No effective manager would hold back on a management observation for either of those reasons.
Bill Gates, a few years ago, made some oblique comments that were not complimentary to younger employees. They could be summarized by simply saying “if you think that corporate America is going to cater to your little whims, think again.”
As a muslim woman with nearly four decades employed in technology, I have heard plenty of hamhanded comments regarding my religion, my dress, and especially with assumptions regarding my country of origin (which happens to be the US).
I remind myself that people can be stupid, and I forget about it. I highly advise you to do the same.