As a Straight, White, Male – Why Now is a Great Time to Attend Employee Resource Group Meetings

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Luckily, with everything having remote options now, it’s actually pretty easy to pop in and simply listen without really being noticed, or at least, feeling a bit better about not being noticed.

And, really, you should. Everyone should. Not because you necessarily have anything to add, but because you have an opportunity to listen.

Listening to different groups of people talk about their issues will open your eyes to the things that we, as white men, don’t notice. It gives us the opportunity to hear about racism and sexism that still happens to real people that we know and interact with every day. The stories about things like street harassment aren’t happening to random women complaining online, they are happening to the same women I just spent hours working through a project with, the people who’ve been victims of racist violence aren’t random names in the news, they are the folks we were just chatting about the weather with before a conference call, and collaborating with on documentation for the last week. The things we might read about adding pronouns to an email signature make it sound like a decent thing to do, but hearing someone you work with talk about how life-affirming it is to not be the “one” person at the company doing it? Yeah, it hits different when you hear that from someone you know.

So, as much as I have gone about my professional life glad that there were resource groups available but not really paying much attention to them, I’ve recently made a change and tried to drop in and listen where I could. It’s been a challenge. These are not fun, light, conversations. They shouldn’t be.… Read More

Linked: AT&T’s HBO Max Deal Was Never Free

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See, the question that should be asked is how AT&T can afford to give users all the video streaming they want over their network for HBO Max, but forces caps on all of its users for their internet usage.

Clearly, their network can handle the traffic of unlimited video streaming, so why do we let them use these excuses to limit access to the internet?… Read More

Linked: 4 Ways to Uplift Men in Employee Mental Health Programs

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There are 4 suggestions in the article below, and I encourage you to check them out and apply them in your workplace, toward everyone, but there’s something just so stereotypical that you can see a direct correlation between employee assistance programs and the number of women who work there. That tells me that we still, in 2021, expect men to just suck it up and not need help.

That attitude is damaging, and in some cases killing, men as we speak. The same ones we work with everyday. Don’t we owe them more?… Read More

Linked: The UK’s Mental Health Issues in the Workplace – 5 statistics

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The other statistics in this article point out what kind of impact those two facts above have on the bottom line, but I’m going to take issue with the importance they are given in this article. Don’t just make changes in your workplace culture because it’s better for the bottom line, do it because it’s the right thing to do for the human beings who work for you. They aren’t lines on a spreadsheet, they are people, with lives outside of work, who you have an opportunity to support. The fact that supporting them might also help your bottom line is nice, but irrelevant to the larger issue.… Read More

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