Protests, Pandemic Create Workplace Stress

Beth Mirza By Beth Mirza June 1, 2020

After days of protests over the killing of George Floyd—plus the stress of the coronavirus pandemic—people are coming to work with a lot on their minds. How can you support employees who are worried, angry or scared? How can you work to eliminate racism from your workplace?

SHRM Online has gathered resources to help HR professionals and people managers create safe spaces for difficult conversations, support employees who are facing discrimination, and create more open and inclusive workplaces. 

SHRM Resource Spotlight
Overcoming Workplace Bias

Taking Steps to Eliminate Racism in the Workplace

"Unless we are prepared to have a discussion about the impact of stereotypes and how they affect decisions that are made within organizations, we are not going to make any more progress toward eradicating racism," said Binna Kandola, a British business psychologist. 

7 Practical Ways to Reduce Bias in Your Hiring Process

A vast body of research shows that the hiring process is biased and unfair. Unconscious racism, ageism, and sexism play a big role in whom we hire. But there are steps you can take to recognize and reduce these biases. So where should you start? And how can you help others on your team do the same?

Implicit Bias Prevention Resources

Implicit bias is our underlying attitude toward the people and places around us. You might think of it as unconscious stereotyping. We have to work against our implicit bias to be sure employment decisions are made based on qualifications for a job, not on non-job-related characteristics. SHRM encourages employers to create supportive workplace cultures for an inclusive and diverse workforce that does not tolerate discrimination or harassment.  Workplaces should support the equitable treatment of all employees.

SHRM Statement Condemning the Death of George Floyd

SHRM joins the world in grieving the tragic and senseless murder of George Floyd.

We stand in solidarity against injustice, racism, discrimination, and violence of any kind, including those against law enforcement. 

At SHRM, we believe the HR community is in a unique position, better than any other profession on the planet, to make real change for employees.

Nondiscrimination/Anti-Harassment Policy and Complaint Procedure

Use this template to create a policy for your workplace that shows your organization is committed to a work environment in which all individuals are treated with respect and dignity, and that it expects that all relationships will be business-like and free of bias, prejudice and harassment. (Accessible to SHRM members)

Toxic Workplace Cultures Are Costing Employers Billions
A key to improving culture is looking inward to examine how companies' internal systems block diversity and inclusion, said Lauren Anderson, executive director of NY Tech Talent Pipeline, which provides job training and placement. ... Anderson explained that companies do realize the importance of culture but added, "The challenge standing in the way is the inability to see when policies perpetuate a culture."


Video: Inclusive Hiring and Civility at Work

"What is your decency quotient? Your ability to make people feel welcome and included?" SHRM President and CEO Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., SHRM-SCP, talks to Mastercard President and CEO Ajay Banga.



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