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How To Avoid Coronavirus Asian Discrimination in the Workplace

Coronavirus does not discriminate. Sadly, apprehension and disinformation about the pandemic led to coronavirus Asian discrimination, including racial persecution against Chinese citizens. Similar conduct targets other individuals, including tourists, emergency personnel, health professionals, and publicly face-masked individuals. Let's discuss how to end coronavirus Asian discrimination in the workplace. 

Psychological studies indicate that people are more worried when confronting unknowns, which may lead to adverse actions. This highlights the need for organizations to tackle prejudice against coronavirus and myths in ongoing communication and training. Additionally, it is essential to come up with new strategies, policies, procedures, and COVID-19 training for employees related to this epidemic.

Educate the employees and communicate with them regularly

Diversity and inclusion are important to the workplace. These tips below will help to raise staff awareness of Asian discrimination against coronavirus and reaffirm the need to uphold a respectful, inclusive, and diverse working culture as organizations continue to evolve. 

Encourage employees to:

1. Keep abreast of well-established outlets such as the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC), the WHO, and the State and local departments of health.
2. Desist from spreading social media, email, and other contact network gossips and misinformation.
3. Be mindful of behavior that can stigmatize or discriminate against particular individuals or groups, for example, to exclude them from essential meetings or share offensive jokes, images, and videos.
4. Speak about prejudice or abuse against employees, suppliers, vendors, or others concerning COVID-19.
5. Adhere to the Code of Ethics and legislation banning all types of workplace violence and discrimination.
6. Be an advocate for those who are coping with the epidemic. Respect and kindness will help us to resolve this common emergency.
7. To address COVID-19 questions and concerns, contact your manager or designated contact.

Train staff in supervisory and managerial roles

Organizations should also perform appropriate training to people in managerial or supervisory positions on their obligations to handle, discourage, and investigate prejudice among other misdemeanors. Managers must also be kept up to date on the American Disability Act revisions (ADA, FMLA). Additionally, people in managerial positions should read and understand the Family First Corona virus Response Act (FFCRA).

The EEOC has given guidelines on the ADA, Recovery Act, and COVID-19. The EEOC has also scheduled to post a webinar on Friday 27th March to address questions concerning federal laws on work (FEL) and COVID-19. If you have questions on corona virus, email questions@eeoc.gov by 25th March, at 9 pm for considerations in the webinar.

If you need help, EasyLlama offers diversity and inclusion courses to train your company. Our videos are easily accessible and can get your employees quickly educated and informed about the importance of having a mixed workforce as well as help with prejudices. 

Strengthening workplace culture among remote workers

Many employees will work for the first time from home in the near term and probably for more extended periods of time. While the environment and routines can change, professional behavior expectations don't. New telework laws would make it clear that emails, messages, live conversations, over - the-web meetings, and other remote communications are subject to guidelines about what is and is not unacceptable behavior.

Easy Llama Insights

COVID-19 anxieties and misinformation lead to homophobia, prejudice, and harassment of Asian and European cultures and many others protected categories. Organizations must treat coronavirus as part of a systematic strategy to deter bias, abuse, intimidation, and retaliation. Maintaining an inclusive workplace without discrimination or violence will enable companies and their workers to be as productive as possible in the long weeks and months ahead.