2. Acknowledge What is Currently Happening
Companies must acknowledge what is happening in this tumultuous time and not gloss over how these current events affect their employees. Black History Month should be a time to celebrate the vast and significant contributions of Black Americans economically, socially, and culturally to the modern world. But it also needs to be a time for companies to address the multiple faces of racism, question their existence, and actively fight against institutionalized inequality.
Power to Fly reports that company Juniper Networks publishes a regular series of articles and tips for its employees to foster dialogue and educate year-round around the inclusion of all underrepresented groups. Studies show employees believe diversity and inclusion are essential, yet a Society for Human Resource Management report says 38 percent of workers don’t feel comfortable having conversations about it.