The IWSCC is always looking for ways to make Canadian workplaces more inclusive. As an organization that fights to reduce stigma surrounding disabled and Veteran business owners, we know that there can be a lot of bias out there. Like a bad relationship, bias is something that all of us experience, and it can be difficult to separate ourselves from it once it settles in.
Use these helpful tips from your friends at the IWSCC to break up with bias:
1. Do it in person.
No one wants to break up over text, the phone, or worse: getting ghosted. When it is time to have the talk, make time for yourself. Know that most biases are passive or hidden, and that it takes looking inward to get to their heart.
2. Be honest.
Every breakup happens for a reason. Think to yourself: Why do why I want to get rid of my biases? Do I want to understand others better? Am I feeling judged by the people around me? Am I trying to be more inclusive, or just trying to be more liked?
It is important to be honest about the good and the bad. Remember that everyone has biases. It is okay to feel upset or embarrassed, but don’t judge yourself for having them.
3. Enforce your boundaries.
When you are sure that you want to separate from your biases, make it count. Have self-compassion for the way biases make you feel, but don’t let them stick around. When you end a relationship, give your old self space.
4. You broke things off for a reason, don’t forget why.
Take an active approach by reminding yourself why you left your bias behind. Have confidence that you made your decision for your own happiness. Don’t forget to have patience with yourself, too. Overcoming bias is an ongoing process.
5. Put yourself out there (when you’re ready, of course).
When you break up with bias you open so many doors. When one relationship ends, another begins. When you feel ready, get out there and meet new people! There are new friends, communities, and opportunities waiting for you.
When we put ourselves in other’s shoes, we learn about what makes them so unique! This month, give yourself the chance to get to know Veteran and disabled-owned businesses. You will be sure to make new friends along the way, and you can support underrepresented communities while you do it.
Already part of a support group, or wondering how your organization can help? Check out our blog on starting a relationship with IWSCC and see if partnership is right for you!