Supporting Employees Around Race & Culture: How To Establish Workplace Policies

Racial harassment and discrimination can be detrimental to employees’ wellbeing, job satisfaction, and overall productivity. Therefore, it’s essential for games companies to develop and implement policies that promote a safe, respectful, and inclusive work environment. Here are some steps that you can take to develop and implement such policies…

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Firstly, it’s essential to establish a clear definition of what constitutes racial harassment or discrimination. This definition should include specific examples of behaviour that are unacceptable and provide guidance on how to report any incidents of harassment or discrimination.

Companies should make it clear that they have a zero-tolerance policy towards such behaviour and that it will not be tolerated under any circumstances.

Secondly, companies must ensure that all employees are aware of and understand the policies. This can be achieved by conducting training sessions on racial harassment and discrimination policies, which can cover the definition of racial harassment or discrimination, what employees can do if they experience or witness such behaviour, and the consequences of engaging in such behaviour.

It’s also essential to provide employees with a copy of the policies and procedures, which should be easily accessible to all.

Thirdly, companies should establish a procedure for investigating and addressing incidents of racial harassment or discrimination. This procedure should be fair, objective, and transparent.

Employees should feel comfortable reporting any incidents of harassment or discrimination, and the company should take immediate action to investigate the matter thoroughly. Companies should also ensure that employees who report such incidents are protected from retaliation.

Finally, companies should monitor the effectiveness of their policies and procedures regularly. This can be achieved through regular employee surveys, monitoring the number of incidents reported, and assessing employee satisfaction levels. Use this feedback to identify areas for improvement and take appropriate action to address any issues.

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