Allyship in the Workplace
Allyship refers to acknowledging our position of advantage and using it to support and include those who are less advantaged. While allyship has become an increasingly prominent focus in the workplace, many wonder what allyship looks like in practice. Learn more about how your workplace can cultivate allyship with the NeuroLeadership Institute.
What Does Allyship Look Like in the Workplace?
To be an ally is to actively and consistently advocate for increasing inclusion, minimizing bias and advancing equity in your workplace. Here are some everyday examples of allyship:
- Speaking up: Routinely speaking up for those in positions less advantaged than you can be as simple as elevating someone’s ideas and extending their platform. This effort helps create a positive community that values everyone’s ideas and brings new perspectives to the company. While you may fear losing your insider position for speaking up in support of others, what you’re actually doing is breaking down the barriers between your organization’s insider and outsider classes.
- Extending opportunity: True allyship goes beyond speaking up and advocating for others — it requires creating opportunities that let those with less privilege than you rise to their full potential. By extending opportunities, you can create a growth mindset in your workplace and level the playing field for those who have recently joined your team.
- Changing systems: Despite how much your organization may try to eradicate them, biases are baked into your existing system. Changing systems to create a more equitable workplace takes more than an overnight effort — it’s an ongoing process that changes over time.
To read some examples of real-life allyship, be sure to check out our Allyship in Real Life page.