The need for political correctness arises when employees do not recognise the negative impact of their words.
“That’s so gay!”
“Your tech skills are impressive for someone your age!”
“If both of you are working who takes care of the child?”
Although these may seem like questions asked out of curiosity or statements made as a compliment, they constitute forms of ‘microaggression’.
Addressing microaggressions is not a finite endeavour but requires consistent efforts to build a culture where microaggressions are recognised in the moment and addressed immediately by leadership and colleagues. It balances the onus of building an equitable space to all members of the organisation.