Allyship In The Workplace - How Can I Be A Better Ally In The Workplace?

You may have been at a meeting or conference when someone said something hurtful to a colleague. Perhaps your immediate thought is "I can't believe they said that and wasn't nice" or "oof, I feel embarrassed for him/her/them in that situation." Maybe the colleague's intent wasn't meant to be hurtful but received as painful. You want to address the situation and help your colleague, but you don't know how to proceed or how to help? Perhaps the incident lingers in your mind all afternoon or the next few days, and you wonder to yourself, "what could I have done differently?"

Being an ally for your colleagues relies on you speaking up for those without a voice or power to stand up for themselves. As an ally, you use your power or privilege to help someone with less overcome silence.

Allyship at all levels is important, but how do we collectively get there? It is a constant work in progress and not an overnight solution. It is a journey of learning, listening, understanding, and showing up for your colleagues. Looking for ways to include those voices of marginalized groups and asking in meetings, "whose perspective are we missing?" Take to heart Harvard Business Review's concept of "decenter" yourself.

 "As an organization with a commitment to equality and inclusion, we should take our colleague's concerns seriously. We should deal with this immediately rather than wait for a more convenient time." - Harvard Business Review

Our team at Amy Cell Talent works with your leaders and staff to understand your organization's perspective of diversity, equity, and inclusion. We deliver workshops and tools to create an inclusive environment and to fit different learning styles. We partner with your team to provide a customized program that can include the following:

  • Develop a survey to get the pulse of your organization as it relates to diversity, equity, and inclusion.
  • Collect feedback anonymously.
  • Prepare a summary for the leadership team and staff.
  • Deliver a customized workshop for your organization.
  • Provide engaging exercises, small group breakouts, thoughtful discussions, and action plans.

What types of services: We offer four stand-alone workshops: 

  • DEI and Our Social Identity
  • Barriers and Biases
  • Microaggressions in the Workplace
  • Bystander Intervention

Organizations and participants find their thoughts challenged, redirected and often wish to continue the great discussions now armed with the understanding and tools to be a better ally in the workplace.


If your business is ready to advance a culture of inclusion, please connect with us at 734-747-2936 or email us at for a complimentary informational call.

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