ACTIVE LISTENING AS A MEANS TO EMPATHY

MANAGEMENT, ALLYSHIP & EMPATHY

Before the activity, employees anonymously submit something about their workplace (or interaction in the workplace) that doesn’t feel inclusive, makes them feel uncomfortable, or an instance that has mad someone else feel at ease or not included.  During the talk we use some of these prompts to create an active listening role play scenario with their neighbors in the audience.

Rise will present a framework for their conversation, then ask the audience to break into smaller groups and play the roles of explainer, listener, and observer using a new prompt.  Those who are observing will note positive interactions during the conversation and share this after the brief role-play, before switching roles. Next, we ask individuals to write a few ideas for how to make their workplace more empathetic, inclusive, and diverse. They will use their own ideas for another role-play using the previous framework. When back as a larger group, we will explore the best means of sharing these observations. The goal is to initiate active listening and subsequent conversation leading to allyship and empathy--regardless of visible/invisible disabilities or lack thereof and everyone approaching from a different position.