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Connect with someone you haven’t previously interacted with all that much:
Maybe point out that your office’s annual Christmas cookie contest might be excluding those who don’t celebrate the holiday. Or let everyone know that failing to push in their chairs in meeting rooms and around the desks makes it that much tougher for your co-worker in a wheelchair to get around.
This will highlight your commitment to inclusivity.
... rather than only broadcasting your own.
For example, if a co-worker made a great suggestion in a team meeting that you felt was ignored or wasn’t appropriately considered, bring it back around by saying something like, “I found Megan’s idea really interesting and think we should revisit that…”
Diversity and inclusion can be sensitive topics, and that inspires many people to avoid them altogether. They don’t want to ask the wrong questions or say something that could be perceived as insensitive.
Caution and awareness are admirable, but it also means you could be missing out on some awesome information and relationships. So don’t hesitate to ask some questions.
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Normally people react with caution and fear towards negative feedback, but it is much better than no feedback at all.
Informing the colleague/subordinate/client/customer or individual about something that is not working, is always beneficial, and builds transparency and trust.
The fundamental goal of giving feedback is to help the person you’re giving it to. They should realize that you are not trying to make them feel bad, and this is an exercise to help make them better.
How it impacts each individual is going to be different so a tailor-made approach is required.
Behavior change is hard. Slip-ups are common, so when they happen, don't beat yourself up or retreat into negative self-talk. Instead, anticipate your failures and plan for them.
Make achievable commitments to test new routines and approach it as a series of experiments.
Try your new routine for a while and tweak it or switch to a new one if it doesn’t suit you.
Once you have a clear breakdown of what's happening at each stage of your habit loop, brainstorm healthier routines that will produce the results you want.
Create a list of options of alternatives that might provide comparable reward to the one you are trying to eliminate. Focus on new routines that will help you decompress after a stressful day (the cue) and leave you in a positive frame of mind to get freelance work done (reward).