This is, ‘become a workplace bias busting agent, part 2.’ In part 1, we encouraged ourselves to do less of speaking out the Word, compared to living out the Word. And we need to do this as we sweeten our world with salt or permeate our work environment with light. And don’t get me wrong. Doing less of speaking out the Word doesn’t mean doing less of it. It is only less when it is compared to living it out.
Within the 24hours in a day when we are ‘alive,’ awake or sleeping, just doing our things, we don’t speak all of the minute in the day. We won’t even be confessing the Word for 24 hours non stop. So, for some people, it will mean speaking more of the Word to make the living out to work. Listen, until the Word that is inside of you is spoken out, and made to permeate your ‘lived’ environment, you don’t have anything to live out.
To become an effective workplace bias busting agent or workman that doesn’t need to be ashamed; you need to put on the whole armour designed for this purpose.
Consider the shield of faith armour. You need this to fight off the many fiery darts that will come. Wiles – devious or cunning stratagems from everywhere, which can bring many evil days. Periods when you may have to bear ‘shame’ and been misunderstood, alone. Yes, just as it is written, everyone who wants to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution. (2 Timothy 3: 12)
Until the Word that is inside of you is spoken out, and made to permeate your ‘lived’ environment, you don’t have anything to live out.
Why Should You Be Despised Fighting Bias?
It is not uncommon to be antagonized when you try to do good. The email written by Tyece Wilkins (see the podcast below) could have backfired because a senior leader feel it is inappropriate. Adam Grant consider it rare to see an email that raw, and so vulnerable, at work. To him, it can only have taken courage to write, and even more to send it.
But as a believer in the workplace, you cannot lose sight of the fact that you are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world (Ephesians 6: 12).
Let no one despise you for your youth (or the salt, light, change and positive influence you are bringing); but set the believers (and those in your workplace and sphere of influence) an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.1 Timothy 4: 12 (words in italics are added, they are not part of the original)
How to Bust Bias at Work: WorkLife with Adam Grant
Continuing in the podcast that we started with in part 1, Adam Grant said he had a bad habit of calling on students who looked like himself. But to break the habit, he developed a new habit of pausing, paying more attention and consciously including diverse voices. He also started reaching out to quieter students and encouraging them to speak up. As if that was not enough, he then asked his TAs to hold him accountable and call him out if he kept giving the floor to the usual suspects.
On the podcast, he had Matt Waesche with him.
Matt also related his own experience with bias. He narrated what happened when he travelled with a Black coworker that is his senior at work. On getting to the person they are meeting for business, the person went and meet Matt as if he is the boss. Now you can expect or assume that Matt and this person are possibly both white. But this will be very familiar to those who have relatable circumstances as constant experience.
Matt’s experience reminds me of a story in the Bible book of John 1: 43 – 46.
Can Anything Good Be Expected to Come Out of You?
Jesus decided to go to Galilee. He found Philip and said to him, “Come, follow me.” Philip was from Bethsaida, Andrew and Peter’s hometown. Philip then went to look for Nathanael and told him, “We have found the very person Moses and the prophets wrote about! His name is Jesus, the son of Joseph from Nazareth.” Now wait for this.
“Nazareth!” exclaimed Nathanael. “Can anything good come from Nazareth?”
That sounds so perfect in the unspoken word (but shown in his behavior) from the person that Matt Waesche and his more senior Black coworker met.
If that reflects your behavior, and many similar others that depicts biased unspoken words, it is time to change and be a salt and a light.
Matt Waesche decided not to sit on the sidelines. Instead of saying nothing, he made it a routine to step in to introduce his Black coworker as the senior person in the room.
And like Matt, you are no longer going to let none Christians to teach you something that you should use the Spirit of God inside of you, and the Word to teach others.
I want you to consider what you can do right now; to be a light and a salt. What can you do and what steps can you take to become a workplace bias busting agent? Now think, and act with wisdom, salt or light in a wrong meal or place, or at the wrong time and quantity can be a disaster.
It is far easier to add salt gradually to sweeten your meal; than to try and take out an excess of it.
Sometimes, in the midst of the chaos, we lose sight of the things that really matter.Carta CPO, Suzy Walther/(www.hrdive.com)
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