For several years now, well-intentioned companies have been focusing (with limited success) on changing the ratio of the racial makeup of their companies. But even if a company manages to have more equal representation, people of color, and often specifically Black, Latinx, or Indigenous employees, still end up feeling like outsiders.
It’s the “Equity and Inclusion” part of DE&I where most companies falter, and as a result, they struggle to retain people of color and those from other underrepresented groups.
There are a lot of pieces that make up an equitable and inclusive workplace. Some of the biggest things that can make a workplace toxic for people of color are entrenched issues such as a cultural bias toward white supremacy and bias and assumptions around what’s “professional.”
So on this episode of The New Way We Work we talked to Mimi Fox Melton, the acting CEO of Code 2040, about what bias, white privilege, and tone policing look like at work.