BIPOC employees-especially post-pandemic-have found a sense of relief while working from home. A Future Forum study found that 97 percent of Black respondents wanted to continue to work remotely or in a hybrid model. For many Black employees, working from home has allowed a temporary reprieve from the daily microaggressions that they often experience in the workplace. In the same study, 64 percent of those same respondents felt they could manage their stress better while working remotely. Although many organizations are offering initiatives aimed at supporting mental health, these offerings often are not culturally responsive, meaning that they are unable to meet the unique emotional wellness needs of employees from diverse backgrounds.
You’re committed…but it’s not working.
Corporate Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion
Corporate social responsibility is an integral part of your corporate Culture. In the wake of recent racial equality and social justice movements, that commitment to your employees’ emotional heath and wellbeing must deepen.
With good intentions, your company has introduced diversity, equality, and inclusion (DEI) into its corporate policies. However, the existing corporate structure doesn’t necessarily make room for meaningful and relevant change. Retrofitting DEI into existing policies, philosophies, and corporate structures hasn’t brought about the kind of change intended.
Now is the time to ensure that your DEI initiatives are positively affecting your employees and in turn, your bottom line. Poorly thought out DEI initiatives can result in lost productivity, absenteeism, and high turnover due to mental health issues related to racism and bias.