Members of IAAP’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee were asked to explain why this year’s Black History Month is important to them. Here are their responses.
Everyone enjoys hearing those words on the first day with a new team. It doesn’t matter if it is a work team, a volunteer team, or a social team. It’s nice to be welcomed. But—then what? What comes after the welcoming reception with coffee and donuts? What does the newcomer do after receiving the welcome email from the company CEO, Sponsor, Team Leader, Committee Chair, or Hiring Manager?
Why are you avoiding a difficult conversation? Because you don’t want to deal with the truth? Because you don’t want to deal with an awkward conversation? Take heed from this raccoon story—avoidance only allows the problem to get worse.