The Lived Experience in an Inclusive Workplace

Why are people talking lived experiences and why should you care?

Find out what lived experiences actually means and why you should care about this increasingly used phrase.

Here are some key topics covered from this episode:

  • What the Lived Experience means
  • Why The Lived Experience matters in the workplace
  • How people misuse the Lived Experience and much more

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Here are some key takeaways from this episode: 

We all have a lived experience

“We all have a lived experience. The reality is that some people’s lived experience are  often deemed to be more important than others.”

Some organisations are using the lived experience as a lazy shortcut

“Some so called experts will have you believe that their lived experience as part of a particular social identity group alone qualifies them as authorities and leaders.”

Some organisations are using it as part of an ongoing strategy

“This is why understanding the lived experience is useful because for many people in your organisations, it would never occur to anyone that it even mattered”

Here are some resources so you can go deeper: 

Organisational Behaviour

My PhD Thesis

Why You should Consider The Gini Coefficient To Measure Inequality

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