Working remotely – and working in crisis mode - can cause even the most well-intentioned managers to plummet into patterns of bias and exclusion unintentionally. Here are a few things you can do to ensure inclusion in remote meetings:
Remember that speaking up in virtual meetings may be more challenging for some than in-person meetings.
Insist people use video cameras. This will encourage participation and connection and allow you to observe body language that may indicate disapproval or excitement.
Send information in advance. This will allow people the opportunity to be prepared to speak.
Begin meetings by acknowledging everyone in the room.
In smaller meetings, check-in with each person individually.
Record and share the link. This option allows employees who were unable to attend to engage with the materials retroactively.