Building Bridges: Creating a Supportive Workplace

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June is a busy month! As schools let out and the weather gets warmer, we’re reminded of two significant celebrations in the U.S.: Pride Month and Juneteenth. Pride Month commemorates the history and progress of the LGBTQ+ community, while Juneteenth celebrates the emancipation of enslaved African Americans.

As we honor these events, we must recognize Human Resources’ role in creating a workplace where everyone feels welcomed and supported.

To Create a Supportive Workplace Culture…

Implement Open-Door Policies: Encourage open communication by implementing open-door policies that allow employees to share their concerns, ideas, and feedback. Transparency ensures everyone’s voice is heard and valued, promoting trust and reducing turnover.

Celebrate All Perspectives: Recognize and celebrate the unique perspectives, skills, and experiences of your team through employee resource groups, mentorship programs, or cross-team projects in which employees are encouraged to connect, build relationships, and collaborate.

Provide Mental Health Resources: With over 1 in 5 U.S. adults struggling with mental illness, offering employees mental health resources and support shows that your organization understands the importance of a healthy work-life balance.

Encourage Open Dialogue: Encouraging open dialogue between employees is critical to fostering a culture of teamwork and empathy. HR should create spaces for employees to share their experiences and concerns and offer resources as needed.

Provide Development Opportunities: 57% of employees pursue training outside of work, citing that company training is lacking. Implementing policies and practices that promote professional growth and advancement opportunities increases retention by ensuring employees feel valued.

HR plays an essential role in cultivating a supportive and inclusive workplace culture. Fostering an environment where everyone feels comfortable and valued results in flourishing employee satisfaction and productivity, contributing to a more prosperous and innovative organization.



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