One word that has stood out in the past few tumultuous weeks is "systemic." Systemic injustice. Systemic racism. Systemic biases. 

The workplace is a quintessential example of a system: by definition, a regularly interacting, interdependent group forming as a unified whole.  When the workplace system works well, it can be truly inspiring!  Great workplaces bring people of all backgrounds together to achieve a common mission with a common set of values in mind.  People feel SAFE.  People feel INCLUDED. And they perform as a result!

Since its inception, Gotcha Covered HR has been focused on a singular and ever-relevant goal: to build safe and inclusive workplaces through Human Resource and Employment procedures.  Legal compliance is only a part of a workplace's responsibility to its people.  It is a far more complex and difficult task to create workplaces that focus on safety and inclusion.  

As workplace leaders, we ask you to challenge yourselves with these questions:
  • Is it possible that you have systemic biases occurring in your workplace, maybe without even realizing?  
  • Do your employees and leaders have safe and inclusive space for sometimes difficult conversations?  
  • Do your employees feel that they work in a system that listens to them?  
  • Have you reviewed your hiring processes, compensation structure, promotion process, performance management, disciplinary and termination procedures to uncover any unconscious biases? 
Gotcha Covered HR can help.  Our experts are adept at working with leadership teams to cultivate workplaces that are SAFE and INCLUSIVE.  There can be no change without systemic change, and workplaces are systems that can make all the difference.

The Gotcha Covered HR Team
On June 15, 2020, the United States Supreme Court ruled that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects gay and transgender workers from workplace discrimination.  Justice Neil Gorsuch states in the majority opinion: "An individual's homosexuality or transgender status is not relevant to employment decisions.  That's because it is impossible to discriminate against a person for being homosexual or transgender without discriminating against that individual based on sex."  
Gotcha Covered HR is closely following news related to this event and what it might mean for your workplace.  Need expertise?  Contact us.
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