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The Forgotten Linchpin: How Companies Can Utilize Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) As Change Agents Towards Anti-Racism in the Workplace

The Forgotten Linchpin: How Companies Can Utilize Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) As Change Agents Towards Anti-Racism in the Workplace

Session Description

As more companies join in solidarity to make the shift from “non-racist”, passive culture, to an anti-racist workplace, most employers have overlooked an area that could be a true linchpin to their change transformation strategy—their Employee Assistance Program (EAP). This presentation will explore the history and evolution of the traditional EAP nearly all companies have adopted, why employers should leverage their EAP providers to elevate their short-term and long-term Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Equity (DIB&E) goals, and will provide tips to assess if your EAP provider is qualified to be a thought partner to help support your organization’s efforts.

Learning Objectives

1. Provide an overview of the EAP services most companies offer to employees, including areas where EAP providers could add value to organizations’ DIB&E strategies at the corporate level.

2. Call out the areas of mistrust at the employee level many staff members have towards utilizing their EAP, and the specific role of cultural mistrust towards engaging with EAP services for employees who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC).

3. Review six (6) practical ways companies can leverage their EAPs to tackle racism at work, and invite the audience to share additional recommendations.

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