Promoting Racial Equity In The Workplace

The International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination focuses on the theme “Voices for Action Against Racism” this year. The annual celebration held worldwide every March 21.

The United Nations shared that the theme highlights the “importance of strengthening meaningful and safe public participation and representation.” The goal is to ”prevent and combat racial discrimination... in all areas of decision-making.”

Business owners have the responsibility to create an employee-friendly work environment where they receive respect. The workplace should promote growth and celebrate all team members, regardless of their race.

Racial equity requires more than sympathy

Unfortunately, we live in a time when we sometimes encounter news about racially-motivated attacks. We couldn’t help but feel bad for the victims. However, establishing a discrimination-free culture takes more than sympathy.

The dictionary defines ‘sympathy’ as “feelings of pity and sorrow for someone else's misfortune.”

Meanwhile, the Harvard Business Review tells us:

“People of color want solidarity—and social justice—not sympathy, which simply quiets the symptoms while perpetuating the disease.”

The same article encourages the value of raising awareness. Discriminated employees should be given opportunities to share their personal experiences, only if they are willing.

Sincerity is key

Leaders should not only talk about the significance of racial equity. They should show it in their actions. Setting a positive example is a must to deliver the message more powerfully.

Forbes pointed out that ”involvement at leadership level is crucial.” This will help them effectively improve the ”workplace experience for staff from Black and other marginalized groups.”

The article also pointed out that an organization's programs should be ”authentic.” The goal isn't merely to ”provide short term relief for employees, or to present a positive brand image” after all.

Diversity = rich tapestry

Employers and employees successfully create a healthy working environment when principles of racial equity are embraced.

American poet and civil rights activist Maya Angelou once taught:

“We all should know that diversity makes for a rich tapestry.”

Angelou also emphasized that ”all the threads of the tapestry are equal in value no matter what their color.”

The Farm SoHo values racial equity

TheFarmSoHo joins everyone in celebrating the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Our customers are well aware that people of all races are welcome in our coworking spaces and private office facilities. In fact, our friendly staff members are composed of a diverse group of professionals. We all work together to deliver the best services for our community.

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