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Mekka Okereke on Twitter: "If you: 1. Work at a company that has written performance reviews 2. Care about making that review process as equitable as possible 3. Manage people Here's a free tip for you, in the area of language used in reviews..."
If you:
1. Work at a company that has written performance reviews
2. Care about making that review process as equitable as possible
3. Manage people

Here's a free tip for you, in the area of language used in reviews...
Imagine collecting all of the text used in upcoming performance reviews, for everyone on your team. All peer feedback, your assessment, everything.

Then imagine creating a map of word frequencies used, for each person on your team.
If N counts make sense, and you have folks' permission, imagine inspecting frequency maps sliced by different interesting dimensions.

What are the dude-iest words?

What are the blackest words?

Is the language used to describe the work of various cohorts... different?
More importantly, do you want the same language to be used to describe the same work?

This isn't about trying to change your worldview. This is about *you* confirming to *yourself* that the world on your team really is as you want it to be.
One level deeper...

Imagine making a similar map for feedback that *you* have given to your peers.

Do you describe the work of your peers differently based on their cohort? Again, more importantly, do you want to? Or do you want to use the same language to describe work?
What if, for example, you noticed that you were much more likely to use the words, "communication" or "presence" when you were giving feedback about non-US born co-workers?

How would you convince yourself (or disprove!) that in your specific context, that this is OK?
Even deeper. N-grams.

"assertive" vs "too assertive"

"ready" vs "not ready for"

"launched" vs "helped launch"

"works really hard"

"needs to"

"not approachable"

"not helpful"

"show initiative"

"lacks complexity"

"she didn't"
management  leadership  workculture  twitterthread  inclusion  bias  sexism 
september 2019 by dirtystylus
How Suhani Mohan of Saral Designs avoids hiring sexist men — Quartz at Work
For instance, it asks employees for their take on reproductive rights, the #MeToo movement, and how they feel about women who are higher up than men in the workplace hierarchy. “We have very abstract questions to check for sexism,” says Mohan, who refers to the questionnaire as a “sexism filter.”

To develop it, the core team sat together to list the key values of the company, such as empathy, gender equality, efficiency, transparency and leadership. “With those in mind, we designed specific questions that can test alignment to those values,” Mohan says.

Mohan has found that it’s not effective to ask whether an employee thinks women have the same rights as men because the “correct” answer is too obvious. Instead, more nuanced questions—one, for instance, that presents a scenario of inequality, and asks how the employee would behave in it—are more useful for identifying whether the candidates are indeed feminists, or just playing the part in the interview. The questions also draw from news and current affairs, trying to gauge the candidate’s opinions on socially-divisive issues, such as caste politics or sexist religious practices.
teambuilding  interviewing  sexism  india  reproductivejustice  womenshealth 
july 2019 by dirtystylus
Paula Cole : Songwriter Interviews
Oh, yeah. Misunderstood. Flop. My manager said, "Time to sell the house" - basically, give up. My heart hurt so much and I hated the fashion statement element of pop. That's not who I am, that's not who I was. I'd never even watched the Grammys before I was on it and then I had hairy armpits and they made such a big fuss about it. I was touring in Europe where they don't even give a fuck about that. I came back and it was just weird, and I said, "Fuck this!"

I didn't want it. I wanted to live my own life, privately, and make meaningful music. And if it sells, it sells, and if it doesn't, it doesn't, but I didn't want to be part of that anymore.
interview  music  paulacole  sexism  misogyny  radio  grammys  via:rachelsyme 
february 2019 by dirtystylus
MeToo impact: Male managers are avoiding women rather than reckoning with harassment.
In a recent report from the New York Times, male managers attending the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland disclosed that rather than attempt substantive institutional change, their method of reducing the risk of sexual misconduct was “simply minimizing contact between female employees and senior male executives” in their companies.
mentoring  management  sexism  metoo  workculture  leadership  equity  women 
january 2019 by dirtystylus
Hermione Granger: More Than a Sidekick | Tor.com
Hermione Granger is his antithesis. She’s a muggle-born witch who arrives at Hogwarts prepared to dominate magic. She’s enormously ambitious, but consistently seeks to elevate others when she could easily let them fail. She walks beside Harry even when doing so means putting up with relentless scorn from the people who waver between hating him and worshiping him—even when that scorn is piled on top of the blood-status slurs she weathers continuously throughout the series. She stands up against a centuries-long institution of interspecies slavery, even when doing so means that everyone she cares about will laugh at her. She skips her final year of school in order to help Harry and Ron find the horcruxes, even though it could mean losing every opportunity she’s spent the previous six years working for. She chooses her causes over her ambitions every time, and she swallows the consequences because they’re worth it to her.
hermionegranger  harrypotter  sexism  genderroles  fiction  culture  feminism 
september 2016 by dirtystylus
Running an Inclusive Hackathon — Hackers and Hacking — Medium
The words “ninja” and “rockstar” tend to attract men. Even the word “hack” can be gendered. As a self-proclaimed hacker, this breaks my heart—but I have heard young women say that they shied away from hackathons because they assumed they would be aggressive events about breaking into systems.
hacking  techculture  sexism  racism  inclusion  diversity  hiring 
august 2016 by dirtystylus
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