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We know racism in the workplace can affect someone’s mental health – but would you know how to start discussing this difficult subject in your workplace? The subject of race can include pain, inequity, injustice and discomfort, and so these conversations can evoke strong emotions. Understanding how to start a meaningful yet calm discussion which includes everyone is key to making positive changes.
This web page and PDF guide from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) offers a detailed step-by-step process that you can use as a template for starting conversations about race in your workplace. It includes what you need to consider before you start, such as understanding key terms and definitions, how to create a safe space when having important discussions, and how to follow up afterwards.
It is suitable for any manager or HR professional who is interested in talking about race at work in a way which is both sensitive and effective.
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