How to combat racial discrimination in your workplace

By June 18, 2020Other

We must do everything we can to tackle racial discrimination.

Racism is not a new issue. It is a widespread problem that is ongoing, and a lot of the time, ignored. However, right now, we are in the middle of a crucial moment in history, in the fight against racial discrimination. A few weeks ago, the murder of George Floyd in the United States sent shockwaves throughout the world. Protests were held all over the US, and in 30 different countries all over the globe. Now is the time for change, we can no longer as a society tolerate racism. Enough is enough. 

Millions of people have taken to social media to share in the conversation, hashtagging #BlackLivesMatter or #BlackOutTuesday. And this is great to see. However, we need to keep the momentum going, and take meaningful action to fight against racism. 

As an employer or business owner, you are in a unique position to ensure that your workplace is an environment that champions diversity and inclusion, while also encouraging education.

Here are four ways employers can take meaningful action to tackle racism in the workplace.

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Champion diversity 

Your hiring process is a great way to tackle racial discrimination, and champion diversity throughout your business. As an employer, it is your responsibility to set the standard within the business, and establish the culture of the company. Meaningful action against racism means leaders need to step up and actively support BIPOC. Don’t just talk about inclusion and diversity – act. 

Keep the conversation going 

It very much feels like we are at a turning point in history right now. The world is talking, listening and speaking up for what is right. It is important that this conversation continues, and doesn’t fade. Words need to be backed up by actions. As an employer, you can organise productive discussions, introduce training on how to prevent harassment and discrimination and creating channels where employees feel safe speaking up about racial issues. 

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Your company values

Company culture and your employer brand is more crucial than ever before. It’s important that you have an employer brand with a strong set of core values, that encourage diversity, inclusion and acceptance. Likewise, if you have any values, policies or partnerships that may contradict these values, now is the time to reevaluate, and change. It’s okay to admit mistakes, and take action to mend them. 

Awareness and involvement 

More awareness needs to be brought to racial discrimination. Companies need to hold themselves accountable on what they stand for as well as bringing more awareness to social issues by using their platforms to stand up for the cause. Make a statement, publicly support the cause, donate money on behalf of your staff. 

If you wish to educate yourself on what you can do to help fight racial discrimination, check out the Black Lives Matter site.

Author Rebecca O'Keeffe

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