While many employers are grappling with the heartbreaking reality of employee deaths due to COVID-19, they are also struggling with the deteriorating business side effects that this pandemic is having, not just financially, but culturally.
Bias and xenophobia are now seeping into company culture more abruptly than before and many business leaders need to manage these situations remotely. Studies show that there has been a rise in harassment and discrimination reports against Asian Americans in particular. One database analyzing almost 700 reports of discrimination, revealed that 47% of the respondents reported businesses were the most popular location for harassment against Asian Americans due to the pandemic. (Source: The Hill) While this report may be disturbing, this is all too often the reality for many minorities in the United States, even without a pandemic at play.
As organizations struggle to figure out how to manage their teams in these unprecedented times, it's important that they take steps to ensure that the increased fear and anxiety felt by their employees does not lead to the perpetuation of any negative stereotypes.
That’s why SHIFT hosted a 30-minute webinar, moderated by our Director of Content Development Karen Byington, featuring Katherin Nukk-Freeman, Esq., SHIFT’s President and Co-Founder. They discussed the impact of the Pandemic on workplace culture and steps employers should take to ensure they are continuing to cultivate a culture of inclusion. They provided steps on how employers can mitigate the risks of harassing or discriminating behavior in their new work environments.
Through this webinar on, Sustaining Inclusive Workplace Cultures During a Pandemic, we wanted to ensure our SHIFT community was equipped with the best practices to continue cultivating an inclusive and safe workplace culture for all employees.