Now is the time to build a compassionate leadership plan that goes beyond the immediate impact COVID-19 is having on people of colour.
The magnified effect of COVID-19 on the health and wellbeing of black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) people is also highlighting ingrained inequalities in the workplace and wider society. Writing for Harvard Business Review, Laura Morgan Roberts, Courtney L McCluney, Erin L Thomas and Michelle Kim say it’s time to examine your company’s values and take steps to embed support for people of colour at every level of your organisation, and beyond.
The coronavirus is causing a disproportionately high number of deaths in BAME communities in both the US and UK. In the workplace, the predominance of BAME workers in essential but lower-paid frontline jobs puts them at greater risk of COVID-19 exposure and infection, underlining long standing occupational and lifestyle inequalities.