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Employee Wellness 

DEI Wellness 

Make Diversity, Equity & Inclusion A Part of Your Employee Wellness Initiative 

Now more than ever, companies understand that social justice issues cannot be divorced from the workplace: that whatever employees face “out there” inevitably shows up in offices, cubicles, and conference rooms.  Since evidence shows that systemic racism has physical and psychological impacts, it’s unrealistic to expect employees of color to leave these stressors at the door.

Employees who have suffered racial trauma deal with stressors and burdens that coworkers and supervisors cannot always see. These challenges are then compounded by watershed social incidents, like the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery, as well as ongoing, everyday stressors, like stereotypes and implicit bias.

Although conversations about systemic racism and mental health can be daunting, organizations should tackle these issues head on. Doing so can ultimately improve staff wellness, support worker retention, and foster a more inclusive environment.

The health implications of systemic racism are well documented. Research shows that, over time, the experience of discrimination increases the risk of physical health conditions. From a mental health perspective, discrimination experienced by people of color has been linked to:

  • anxiety
  • panic attacks
  • depression
  • increased risk of severe psychological distress

What Your Company Can Do

What Your Company Can Do

First, realize that you have a stake in this moment. Businesses with no means to support diverse workers risk decreased productivity from distracted or distressed employees who may find their performance suffering as they try to stifle their concerns and ‘power through’. This is not sustainable, and can only undermine company culture, productivity, and employee satisfaction in the long term.

Fostering DEI

Start by examining your current effort and resources and identifying the gaps. Then begin to envision what an equitable workplace would look like, and what the company would need to do to get there. This process should also involve individuals from diverse backgrounds and with various levels of seniority (i.e. not just management).

Many businesses make the top-down decision to offer diversity training and, while these efforts may help, they do little to address the real issues faced by Black employees.

Instead, your business can dedicate itself to fostering inclusion across the board. This may require management to rethink everything from office décor to long-established company traditions and practices. Is the physical corporate space itself accommodating to people of all cultural backgrounds? Have steps been taken to make meetings more inclusive for employees with social anxiety? These are the micro-level changes that create more welcoming spaces.

By accommodating the diversity of your workforce, you let employees know that they need not suppress their identities, ideas, or perspectives to be the “right fit”.

Mindfulness for Implicit Bias

Start by examining your current effort and resources and identifying the gaps. Then begin to envision what an equitable workplace would look like, and what the company would need to do to get there. This process should also involve individuals from diverse backgrounds and with various levels of seniority (i.e. not just management).

Many businesses make the top-down decision to offer diversity training and, while these efforts may help, they do little to address the real issues faced by Black employees.

Instead, your business can dedicate itself to fostering inclusion across the board. This may require management to rethink everything from office décor to long-established company traditions and practices. Is the physical corporate space itself accommodating to people of all cultural backgrounds? Have steps been taken to make meetings more inclusive for employees with social anxiety? These are the micro-level changes that create more welcoming spaces.

By accommodating the diversity of your workforce, you let employees know that they need not suppress their identities, ideas, or perspectives to be the “right fit”.

Let’s Partner

As we negotiate a societal turning point, and find new ways of being in the workplace, companies have the unique opportunity to lead the vanguard. This is a time of adaption, and innovation. Use this momentum to make lasting change.

I stand ready to support businesses in their DEI wellness initiatives. I will help you to take  ownership of this very necessary process, for the evolution of your company, the wellness of current employees and the attraction of new ones. 

Process

Begin with an end in mind

01. Initial Consult

We’ll discuss your business and team’s training needs, the challenges you’re facing and identify the outcome you’d like to see within the organization.

02. Define Vision 

We’ll define a compelling vision for your personal leadership and/or your team and what you’d like to achieve. Together, we’ll decide which training aligns best with your vision. 

03. Learning Outcomes 

Together, we’ll craft learning outcomes that align with your vision – these are the foundation of your training and ensure the learning experience is tailored for maximum results.

04. Design

Content is customized to be a meaningful learning experience – this includes visuals, activities and creative ways to leverage technology for optimal engagement. 

05. The Experience 

The learning experience is delivered for your team via Zoom (or your desired platform, which is confirmed in phase 3). Engagements are delivered as full-day, half day retreat, or two-hour experiential workshop. 

06. evaluation 

We review evaluations and analyze the impact of the learning experience at the individual and organizational level. Results are documented and recommendations are made for continued development and/or coaching. 

DEI Services 

Implicit Bias

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Stress Reduction 

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Contemplative Leadership 

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Corporate 

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Schedule your 30 min session with Thulani

Your 30-min session helps us to know if we’re a good fit. We’ll laser in on key challenges and I’ll provide some tips and propose a strategy for moving forward.