Five Easy Ways: Leaders Can Ensure That Diverse Voices Are Heard in Meetings
Interrupting Interruption – According to Harvard Business Review, research shows that men are more likely than women to dominate conversations in meetings, and that “fully half of women report being interrupted in meetings at a higher rate than their male peers are.” One reason: Bias in the workplace that causes people to view interruptions by women as less acceptable than interruptions by men. But studies show that well-managed diverse groups outperform homogeneous ones in creativity, decision-making, and problem-solving. Organizations only lose if diverse voices aren’t heard.
As we strive to create inclusive and equitable workplaces, here are five strategies that your company leadership can use to ensure that diverse voices are heard in meetings.