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How can managers have constructive conversations about race and inclusion in the workplace?

Chartered Management Institute

2 min read Partner content

CMI offer practical steps that can be taken by people in any industry, as well as case studies of real managers and leaders working to ‘move the dial’ in their own workplaces. 

CMI has just published Moving the Dial On Race; a Practical Guide on Workplace Inclusion, a practical guide on how to have constructive conversations about race and inclusion, and be anti-racist in the workplace. 

It features six practical steps that can be taken by people in any industry, as well as case studies of real managers and leaders working to ‘move the dial’ in their own workplaces. 

You can download the guide here.

On the guidance, Ann Francke OBE, CEO of CMI said:

"2020 has seen the workplace transformed, but not for everyone. In some cases the pandemic will have further entrenched systemic inequalities. 

"Warm words aren't enough; if we're going to see results, managers and leaders must take practical steps to be anti-racist. Invest in training so your team understands microaggressions, create networks for people to share and learn from different experiences, and re-examine your recruitment and promotion processes. 

"Every leader and manager needs to make it crystal clear - we will not accept Covid as an excuse for businesses to take their foot off the gas or row back on racial equality in the workplace."

Additionally, Pavita Cooper CMgr CCMI, Chair of the CMI Race network, said:

“In the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement, many business leaders expressed renewed dedication to creating anti-racist workplace cultures, championing equality and driving inclusivity earlier this year. And it is vital that these commitments do not slip down the agenda.

“To see substantial, long-term progress, managers must continue to educate themselves and their staff on the complexities of racial inequality, prioritise anti-racist policies, and show unequivocal support for employees who encounter racism.”

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