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Feeling Different: Being the “Other” in US Workplaces

What does it mean to be an “other” in the workplace?

We all have complex and multiple identities that define both how we see ourselves and how others perceive us. These include personal attributes such as gender, race, ethnicity, or nationality and are lenses through which we view the world. The more different we are and feel from our workgroup or workplace as a whole, the more we may feel like the “other” at the table.

“[There are] things out of my control, like my gender and race. First impressions [are that] either I am a dragon lady when too direct, or too meek. [It’s] hard to process.”
—Chinese-American Woman

This report examines the experience of otherness in the US workplace and focuses on how people with multiple sources of otherness in a workplace are impacted in terms of their opportunities, advancement, and aspirations.

Listening to the unique experiences of diverse employees and adopting inclusive approaches to talent management will confer benefits on your employees and your business.

Get a quick overview with our infographic.

Research Partners: AT&T Inc.BloombergBMO Financial GroupCardinal Health, Inc.Chevron CorporationCredit SuisseDell Inc.Deloitte LLPDesjardins GroupDeutsche Bank AGEYGeneral Motors CompanyHewlett-Packard CompanyIBM CorporationKeyBankKimberly-Clark CorporationMcDonald's CorporationSodexoState Street CorporationUPS