Since the start of the coronavirus outbreak last March, there have been unprecedented attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) people. These attacks have been triggered by racist rhetoric fueled by anti-Asian sentiments. With the recent upsurge in attacks, President Joe Biden has released a memorandum condemning these hate crimes and has signed an executive order to combat the racism the AAPI population is encountering. #StopAsianHate
At Seramount, we understand that taking a stand and encouraging open and honest workplace conversations on topics of racial violence and discrimination can be challenging. However, change and progress requires action. One such action we recommend is addressing the issues through communications and dialogue both internally and externally. According to a 2019 Glassdoor survey, 61 percent of U.S. employees have witnessed or experienced discrimination based on age, race, gender or LGBTQ identity in the workplace. The study conducted by The Harris Poll surveyed over 1,100 U.S. employees. Issues of racism and bias exist in and outside our workplace. Taking a leadership role to address these issues further reinforces to your employees, customers and stakeholders, your organization’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.