Microaggressions are on the minds of some employees returning to in-person work

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As more people receive COVID-19 vaccinations, employees are beginning to return to their workplaces in person. But some — particularly employees of color — are concerned about returning to more frequent microaggressions.
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As more people receive COVID-19 vaccinations, employees are beginning to return to their workplaces in person. But some — particularly employees of color — are concerned about returning to more frequent microaggressions

Microaggressions are subtle and oftentimes unintentional interactions that communicate some sort of bias, racism or sexism, such as mistaking two different people of the same race. 

Host Angela Davis talked with a diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) expert and a business administration professor about how the return to in-person workplaces might also mean a return to the microaggressions employees experience. 

Guests:

  • Audrey Murrell is a professor of business administration, psychology and public and international affairs at the University of Pittsburgh.

  • Angela Myles is the vice president of racial justice at YWCA Minneapolis.

Use the audio player above to listen to the full conversation.

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