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Emotional inequality: 4 skills for reducing gender bias in the workplace

What if your colleagues discriminated against you, just for being assertive? Unfortunately, gender bias is a reality in today’s workplace. An in-depth study by VitalSmarts reveals women’s perceived competency drops by 35 percent and their perceived worth by $15,088 when they are equally as assertive or forceful as their male colleagues.

Assertive men are also punished, but to a much lesser degree. Emotional inequality is real and it is unfair. If not acknowledged or managed well, social backlash can adversely affect an individual’s career and can prove costly to an organization’s effectiveness. And while it is unacceptable and needs to be addressed at a cultural, legal, organizational, and social level—individuals can take control.

Our research shows individuals who use a brief framing statement that demonstrates deliberation and forethought reduce the social backlash and the effects of emotional inequality by 27 percent.

Here are 4 skills to reduce social backlash:

1) Use a framing statement

Before you disagree, show that you are in control of your emotions and are committed to a shared value.

2) Share your good intent

Quickly and clearly explain your positive intent before you share your strong opinion.

3) Learn skills to create safety

High-stakes, emotional disagreements require a unique but learnable skill set.

4) Open the discussion

Shine a spotlight on gender bias.

In this interactive presentation, you will learn skills to empower every employee to engage in and encourage candid discussions while also minimizing social backlash.

Length: 1-3 hours

Want to learn more?

Contact us to learn how to overcome gender bias at the workplace.


About VitalSmarts. Named a Top 20 Leadership Training Company, VitalSmarts is home to the award-winning Crucial Conversations®, Crucial Accountability®, and Influencer Training® which are based on the New York Times bestselling books of the same titles. When used in combination, these courses enable organizations to achieve new levels of performance by changing employee behavior. VitalSmarts has consulted with 300 of the Fortune 500 companies and trained two million people worldwide.

About Inspiring Culture. We, at Inspiring Culture, enable people and organizations to adopt the most effective behaviors and make sustainable and positive differences in their environment.Inspiring Culture Sàrl is the authorized representative of VitalSmarts L.C


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