Protests, Pandemic Create Workplace Stress

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​After this weekend’s protests over the death of George Floyd—plus the stress of the coronavirus pandemic—people will be coming to work with a lot on their minds. How can you support employees who are worried, angry or scared? How can you work to eliminate racism from your workplace?

SHRM Online has gathered resources to help HR professionals and people managers create safe spaces for difficult conversations, support employees who are facing discrimination, and create more open and inclusive workplaces. 

Taking Steps to Eliminate Racism in the Workplace

“Unless we are prepared to have a discussion about the impact of stereotypes and how they affect decisions that are made within organizations, we are not going to make any more progress toward eradicating racism,” said Binna Kandola, a British business psychologist. 

7 Practical Ways to Reduce Bias in Your Hiring Process

A vast body of research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. Unconscious racism, ageism, and sexism play a big role in whom we hire. But there are steps you can take to recognize and reduce these biases. So where should you start? And how can you help others on your team do the same?

Nondiscrimination/Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedure

Use this template to create a policy for your workplace that shows your organization is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, and that it expects that all relationships will be business-like and free of bias, prejudice and harassment. (Accessible to SHRM members)

Toxic Workplace Cultures Are Costing Employers Billions
A key to improving culture is looking inward to examine how companies’ internal systems block diversity and inclusion, said Lauren Anderson, executive director of NY Tech Talent Pipeline, which provides job training and placement. … Anderson explained that companies do realize the importance of culture but added, ”The challenge standing in the way is the inability to see when policies perpetuate a culture.”

Video: Inclusive Hiring and Civility at Work

“What is your decency quotient? Your ability to make people feel welcome and included?” SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, talks to Mastercard President and CEO Ajay Banga.

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