( by Corinna Underwood )
If you think that racism is no longer a big issue in the average American workplace, ask any employment attorney. You will soon get a very different perspective. If you haven’t experienced it first hand, it may be difficult to grasp. But then, all you need to do is talk to your BIPOC employees.
Preventing racism in the workplace should be a priority for every business owner. If this is not something you have addressed yet, it’s time to do so.
A Glassdoor survey revealed that 43% of American employees have witnessed or experienced racism within the workplace.
Now is the time to take a good look at your company and to send a message to your employees that is authentic to a business culture that builds racial equality.
How to Support Employees of Color
Creating a safe and respectful work environment is vital for your staff to prevent minorities from feeling marginalized. Here are some things that you can do to help support your BIPOC employees and make them feel safe in the workplace during 2020 and onwards.
Understand the Difficulties BIPOC Face
Try not to overlook the fact that your company may not offer the right political climate or safety level for BIPOC to express their feelings. They may not feel safe talking about the daily challenges they face regarding diversity at work. If you feel that your company is not ready to discuss inclusion and racial equality, here are some things you can do:
Talk to leadership or trusted colleagues. They can help you to root out any diversity issue within the company.
Even if you are able to implement the above steps, you may still find pockets of resistance. Getting professional support can help to navigate through this and consolidate your team.
These are very challenging times for BIPOC and employers who are trying to ensure their employees feel safe at work. But remember, your voice and leadership experience are vital for making these changes. Your increasing attempts to increase your understanding of BIPOC issues and raise awareness will ultimately have positive effects on your business culture.