As time goes on, more and more employers are waking up to the fact that people of color have a lot of barriers to feeling comfortable and valued in the workplace, which can put employers in a position of needing to help ease this discomfort when it arises.

This article will go over various ways that you can support your employees of color in the workplace.

Help Your Employees 

Although it can lead to difficult conversations, it’s important to bring up the topic of race during certain discussions to both be a good employer and avoid potential lawsuits.

Instead of being “colorblind,” you should try to be an ally to your employees of color and attempt to put yourself in their shoes, even though it’s impossible to completely understand what it might be like to live as a person of color.

There are a few ways that you can show your employees that you care about them and their mental health. These are detailed below.

Get Uncomfortable

As already mentioned, it can be slightly awkward and uncomfortable to talk with your employees about racial issues that are deeply rooted in the history of our society, which included slavery.

However, it is necessary for you to let your employees freely discuss issues involving this topic.

Do Not Generalize

Never should an employer fall into the trap of stereotyping a whole group of people based on their race or ethnicity.

If one person of color has certain opinions about the current atmosphere that involves an outcry for more to be done, remember that this does not mean that every person of color holds the same opinions.

Offer Resources If Necessary

If you have an employee of color reach out to you and express concern about their emotional health or seem distraught due to the current political climate, offer mental health resources and paid time off so they can take time to focus on themselves or the cause.

Conclusion

Considering that about a third of people’s lives are spent working, it’s important for you as an employer to be empathetic and understanding of the struggles that have been faced and are still being faced by people of color.