This year marks the 47th observance of Black History Month in the United States. While there are a myriad of events, exhibits, and television specials that are designed to both honor and educate, there are also practical ways we can commemorate the contributions of Black heroes throughout our history. We can support Black-owned businesses, purchase, and share books by Black authors (I just so happen to know one of those), and donate to charities that promote anti-racism, equality, and inclusion. You can also join me virtually on February 24 as I speak at Southern California Edison’s Black History Month Celebration!
These ideals can also be promoted in the workplace. For example, in Simply Good, some companies are offering employees paid time off for political involvement. These “Social Justice Benefits” could potentially even cover bail for employees arrested while peacefully protesting. With World Social Justice Day being observed on the 20th of this month, implementing a similar program would be a great way for companies to both honor the day and honor the values of their employees. As companies everywhere are still dealing with fallout from “The Great Resignation,” offering benefits that recognize the individuality of employees could go a long way towards retaining the people that have opted to stay.
What’s another great way to hang on to your company’s talent? Treat them well! In this week’s Simply Diversity, I explain why taking care of your employees isn’t just the right thing to do, but is also crucial for the long-term viability of your organization.
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Stacey Gordon, MBA
Rework Work CEO