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When You Hear _______, Pay Attention

The Diversity and Inclusion version

Photo of a Red Warning Flag on a beach, by Graham Keen via Flickr CC BY-ND 2.0

Last week, John Cutler published “When You Hear _______, Pay Attention.” It’s a handy list of hints that could mean your product development initiative is in trouble. Things like, “We might as well do this at the same time” and “Oh, this doesn’t need UX [or QA, Ops, etc.]”.

We decided to make the Diversity & Inclusion version. A list of phrases that should be red flags to anyone who wants an inclusive workplace. Things that should grab your attention and make you push back, ask follow-up questions, and take a stand for equality.

Here is the Better Allies version:

  • That candidate wouldn’t be a culture fit.
  • But they don’t have [some qualification that doesn’t exist on the job description that other more privileged candidates meet]
  • She wouldn’t want [cool new role] because of the travel.
  • I’d like to see her prove she can handle [responsibility she’s already done] before promoting her.
  • I don’t want to lower the bar.
  • There’s not enough pipeline to hire more [women/people of color].
  • [To the only woman in the room] Can you take notes?
  • Let’s hold our team lunch at the strip club.
  • I’m not racist/sexist/homophobic, but [some derogatory comment].
  • Well, we’re different [when hearing about workplace challenges women or underrepresented minorities face].
  • I’ve never seen [some form of harassment just reported], so I don’t think it could’ve happen here.
  • I’m sure he didn’t mean to offend anyone.

Now it’s your turn. What would you add to this D&I version of “When You Hear _______, Pay Attention”?

Mini-poster version of “When you Hear ___, Pay Attention”

We also created a mini-poster for your office. Download it, print it, raise awareness, start a conversation.

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