Make Remote Meetings Inclusive and Accessible

Working remotely and in crisis mode can cause even the most well-intentioned managers to inadvertently fall into patterns of bias and exclusion. There are a few things you can do to make sure you’re continuing to prioritize inclusion, starting with remote meetings. First, recognize that speaking up in a virtual meeting may be more challenging than during in-person meetings. Send information in advance so everyone is prepared to chime in. Begin meetings by acknowledging everyone in the room and recognizing the unprecedented situation we’re all in before you dive into agenda items. Your team will appreciate it if you say something like, “This is hard for all of us.” In smaller meetings, check in with each person individually. And be sure to record and share the link to key meetings, so that employees who were unable to attend can retroactively engage with the materials. Taking these extra steps will make your meetings inclusive and accessible to everyone on your team.

This tip is adapted from “How to Be an Inclusive Leader Through a Crisis,” by Ruchika Tulshyan

Categories: Management and Career Tips

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