How can employers eliminate workplace racism?

In a recent article, author Afua Hirsh points out that workplace racism continues its prevalent in Britain. Britain has similar demographics as the United States and serves as a barometer for the same challenges faced in the United States. Employers can transform a culture that embraces overt and covert racism by promoting positive racial manager employee relationships.

According to the article, Workplace racism is on the rise – we need action, not lip served, a local survey reveals that racial bullying in the workplace continues to increase. A survey of over 24,000 people revealed that 30% of the respondents have experienced workplace racism first hand.

In the United States workplace racism comes in many forms. According to a 2002 US study on race in the workplace by Rutgers University, 28% of African Americans, 22% of Hispanics and Latinos, and 6% of White Americans have experienced workplace racism. Many reported unfair treatment too.

The author continues by providing several specific examples of two extremes of workplace racism. For instance, David Cameron reported in his speeches at the Conservative party conference and the CBI that a girl was only able to get interviews after changing her name to Elizabeth. In another incident, an employee was given overripe bananas and instructed to “take them to Higg Street and give them to the Blacks.” It appears that employers are embracing the covert and overt acts of workplace racism. The only process that will eliminate workplace racism is to empower employees to promote positive racial manager employee relationships.

How does empowering employees to eliminate workplace racism impact the organization?

Empowering employees to eliminate workplace racism results in:

  • Enhancing job satisfaction
  • Raising expectations
  • Increasing quality of work
  • Increasing collaboration
  • Increasing productivity

Empowering employees enhances job satisfaction because it’s frustrating to an employee to know what’s right, but feel powerless to do anything.  Giving them some decision-making ability will decrease frustration and improve retention. When an employee is empowered, they have higher expectations. When their expectations are raised, they will rise to extraordinary levels and can become the catalyst for growth.

Empowering employees increases quality of work because in organizations that provide them with the freedom and flexibility to make a difference, employees feel empowered to deliver a higher level of quality work. Organizations that provide employees with the freedom and flexibility to be empowered will deliver higher levels of quality work

As employees are empowered and treated as vital components of the organization, they gain self-confidence in their abilities to positively influence the organization.

Employees with healthy levels of self-confidence and self-esteem are more willing to share information with others. They will feel comfortable exchanging ideas and collaborating with others in an honest and open manner. These behaviors promote teamwork and active involvement in support of the organizational goals that could not be achieved with a disjointed, non-connected workforce.

Employees who are granted the power to take charge at work feel an increased sense of responsibility, accountability, and ownership for their work. They will work diligently to meet deadlines and organizational goals. They will feel energized enough to do what it takes to get the job done and to do it right. All of these reasons fuel an empowered employee to be more productive, providing better performance results for the organization.

The benefits provided to employees through employee empowerment include increasing employee job performance and competence, improved morale, increased knowledge of workforce duties, and finally resulting in higher motivation among all employees. All in all, empowering employees creates a positive environment which is necessary to eliminate workplace racism. Organizations that desire to eliminate workplace racism will need to empower employees to promote positive racial manager employee relationships.

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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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