Belonging Breakdowns: The 7 Ways Difference Leads to Divergence

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The term “microaggressions” is vast and amorphous. I think it confuses the conversation we need to be having. So, here’s my attempt to unpack the essence of microaggressions so we can work collectively and individually to prevent them.

Belonging is a feeling – the extent to which employees can show up to work fully without having to sacrifice meaningful aspects of their identity. I think of microaggressions as the everyday moments that cause belonging breakdowns. I have mapped out the typical Belonging Breakdown Journey for anyone who’s relatively “different” in a company. Different means non-prototypical, or not the

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