Power and Exclusion

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Power in the Workplace

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Step into the shoes of Martha. You are an account manager, who is due to discuss quarterly business priorities with your manager. Experience a one-sided workplace conversation, in which your manager is abusing both his position, as well as his physical dominance.

Explore what it feels like to be spoken down to and to berated in the workplace in front of your colleagues. How does it feel when your manager towers over you and refuses to listen to what you have to say?

This scenario explores how the following biases intersect with power dynamics in an office environment:

KEY BIASES

Belittling language

Physical proximity

Minimizing behavior

Public display of disappointment

Lack of support

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Exclusion in the Workplace

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Step into the shoes of John, to discuss business priorities with your manager and colleagues. Your co-workers will take control of the conversation, taking charge of tasks assigned to you, and overriding your quieter nature. Although your manager sees what is happening, she does not address the situation.

Explore what it feels like to be excluded in the workplace by your colleagues. How does it feel when your manager ignores this exclusion and rewards your colleagues rather than dealing with it.

This scenario explores how the following biases intersect with exclusionary practices in an office environment:

KEY BIASES

Lack of leadership

Minimizing behavior

Hot desk exclusion

Lack of support

Boys club mentality

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