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1. How to Prevent Racism in the WorkplaceBy: Shelley Frost“Workplace racism breeds an environment ofdiscrimination, distrust, friction and potentiallyviolence or legal…
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  • 1. How to Prevent Racism in the WorkplaceBy: Shelley Frost“Workplace racism breeds an environment ofdiscrimination, distrust, friction and potentiallyviolence or legal action. Whether racismoriginates with managers or colleagues,employees who are treated unfairly arentallowed to achieve workplace success to the fullpotential. Allowing racial discrimination tocontinue sends the message to employees thatthe behavior is acceptable. Taking steps toprevent racism keeps all employees feelingsafe while building a positive work environment.Prevention keeps the issue under controlbefore it becomes a major problem.”
  • 2. “Write an anti-discrimination policy that specifically addresses racism.Include consequences for acts of racism in the workplace.”
  • 3. “Hire employees from all races and ethnic groups to create a diverseworkforce. Inform job candidates before hiring them of your policyagainst racism and discrimination in any form.”
  • 4. “Promote employees based on merit without considering race or otherirrelevant factors. This establishes a system of fair promotions so allemployees feel valued.”
  • 5. “Train employees how to avoid discrimination and racism. Hold thetraining at least once a year to remind employees of how to conductthemselves in the workplace.”
  • 6. “Establish a committee in the workplace that focuses on anti-racismprojects. Use the committee to identify potential discrimination issuesbased on race to begin finding solutions.”
  • 7. “Hold team-building sessions that give employees a chance to learnmore about one another. Include brainstorming sessions that value allideas.”
  • 8. “Treat all instances of racism the same according to the establishedpolicy. This lets the victims know you will handle the situation and allemployees that you wont tolerate the behavior.”
  • 9. “Encourage open communication with employees so they are more likelyto report racism. Emphasize the importance of reporting racism even ifan employee sees it happen to someone else. Investigate the claimsright away.”
  • 10. “Establish an anonymous reporting system that allows employeesto report racism without fear of retaliation. Follow up on reports ofracism immediately.”
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