Employers can and should do more to create inclusive workplace environments in which each and every employee feels like they belong. In June 2021, America’s Promise launched a four-part blog series, in partnership with Grads of Life, exploring how race and identity affect feelings of belonging at work for young employees of color—and how employers can respond. The series, which is featured on Grads of Life’s platform on Forbes.com, is based on research from The YES Project that finds that young employees feel that their identities play an important role in how they enter into, navigate, and advance within the world of work.
Throughout the series, each author reflects on how unique aspects of their identities — such as race, cultural background, and perceived social status — have affected their ability to feel accepted or advance in the workplace. They also offer concrete recommendations for employers who want to foster inclusive workplace cultures — from regular wellbeing check ins, to acknowledging holidays outside of the traditional Christian calendar, to challenging notions of “professionalism.”