Career Coaching: What is “The PROXIMITY BIAS” 

Career Coaching: What is “The PROXIMITY BIAS”. And, is Hybrid Working another nail in the coffin for gender equality???

“Almost 60 percent of the 5,000 women in the Deloitte 2022 ‘Women @ Work’ survey reported feeling excluded from important meetings at work and 94 percent believed requesting flexible working would affect their likelihood of promotion.”
So this “Proximity Bias” is literally a case of “Out of Sight, Out of Mind”. This feels to me like infantilisation, like the threat that is Woman has been pushed, covertly back into a comfortable, previous place it once was.

Career Coaching: What is “The PROXIMITY BIAS”

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“Women who have adopted a hybrid approach to working are reportedly experiencing more microaggressions than employees who work full time in the office.”
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This sentence is written in response to women being left out of meetings where major decisions are being made. And, I have quite a difficulty with the words “Micro-Aggression”. Whilst I understand the reference it makes see to ‘Biased’ behaviours:
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 “Microaggressions are defined as the everyday, subtle, intentional — and oftentimes unintentional — interactions or behaviours that communicate some sort of bias toward historically marginalized groups.”
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However, the ‘Micro’ element of this makes it sound small. That OVER A QUARTER of the working population is excluded from major decision-making meetings is horrendous — there is NOTHING ‘micro’ about this statistic ??? “Micro” – REALLY??? this feels like SUCH a BIG thing to me.  So, How on earth do we pull this back? How on earth do we make balanced decisions with this macro-bias at play?
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And how do we take care of the earth if we do not engage EVERYONE in the decision-making processes? It’s not possible to make WHOLE decisions with only half the participants present. There needs to be not only a concerted effort to put ourselves forwards again but also a consistent effort in making things highly visible when we are excluded from meetings and major decision-making.
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I know – it IS tiring. I also know that it IS also unfair. AND, in the bigger picture, we cannot afford to lose MORE hard-won ground by allowing those who have the power to palm us off with distance, indifference and invisibility.

Let us have the conversation. We can do this better, together.