February is Black History Month, an internationally recognized celebration of the contributions Black people have made and a time to reflect on the continued struggle for racial justice. Without implementing meaningful change in our daily lives and into our workplaces, history is unfortunately bound to repeat itself.
Black History Month typically brings Black History Month campaigns, including webinars, social media posts, clothing releases, television specials and other content for consumers. At times, these gestures can come off as tone-deaf and performative, particularly when presented without context. This is a lost opportunity to make a real difference!
As we continue to navigate a time of heightened protests and movements calling for civil rights reforms, thinking critically in order to learn from our current and historical downfalls is more important than ever.
Recognizing and celebrating employees’ racial, ethnic and cultural backgrounds can help you boost workplace belonging and employee engagement.
Here are 5 things you can do this Black History Month to move your organization’s allyship from performative to authentic:
As people leaders, we must set the standard of how to eradicate racism, discrimination and unfair treatment from our organizations—whether intentional or unintentional—to authentically encourage the inclusion of all employees.
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