How to Support Employees in Times of CrisisJanuary 30, 2023
A Message From Catalyst
What’s happening in the world affects how we show up in the workplace. In recent weeks in the United States, we’ve seen the death of Tyre Nichols, a Black man, after a traffic stop in Memphis, Tennessee; a mass shooting targeting members of the AANHPI community celebrating Lunar New Year in Monterey Park, California; and incidents of workplace violence and mass shootings in Half Moon Bay, California. And this is all happening against a global backdrop of protests for women’s rights, economic uncertainty, ongoing war, and a rise in acts of antisemitism.
The trauma is continuous and cumulative. It is also unique to each person’s lived experiences and identities. As we work alongside one another and lead teams, we must acknowledge how these collective crises impact how people might show up—and do so with empathy, grace, and humanity.
Catalyst has resources to help:
- Overcoming Conversation Roadblocks (Infographic)
- Talking Across Differences: Ask Catalyst Express
- Supporting Mental Health in the Workplace (Topic Overview)
- Allyship and Curiosity Drive Inclusion for People of Color at Work (Report)
- Why Leaders Must Connect More During Times of Crisis (Report)
The work of advancing DEI and creating more equitable workplaces—and a more equitable world—is a long game. It is also an everyday practice that includes the steps we take to lead with empathy and create psychologically safe spaces where everyone can feel supported, whatever they may be carrying from the world around them.
Catalyst President & CEO