What are microaggressions?

Microaggressions are regular verbal or behavioral slights, usually based on discriminatory and/or hostile attitudes toward stigmatized or culturally marginalized groups.

Why are microaggressions important?

Microaggressions have a substantial impact on well-being. Studies show that being exposed to chronic microaggressions over a period of time may harm mental health.

It’s especially critical to combat microaggressions occurring in the workplace. Not only can these be deeply harmful to culture and employee morale, they often reveal prejudices lurking beneath the surface that need to be addressed to achieve true diversity and inclusion.

Examples of microaggressions

  • Asking someone who is a visible minority where they are “really from”
  • Changing seats on public transport to avoid sitting next to someone because of their outward appearance
  • Assuming someone’s gender pronouns and/or continuing to use the wrong pronouns even after the correct ones have been shared
  • Saying “thanks, sweetheart” to a female colleague (or using a similar inappropriate term of endearment/diminutive)


How nilo.health can help

nilo.health’s tools and programs combine scientific insights and hands-on exercises to teach psychologically safe team communication, mindfulness and a range of other skills essential to promoting workplace mental health and a culture of inclusion and connection.

One-on-one psychological support and webinars and group sessions on critical topics, such as DEI, round out the offering.

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