Last weekend, a tragedy struck the community in Buffalo, NY when a man traveled 3 hours from his home to carry out a racially motivated mass shooting in a supermarket- killing 10 people. Mere days later, Texas faced another tragedy when a shooting took place at Robb Elementary School killing 19 children and 2 adults. These events are not isolated or rare occurrences, but it is sickening all the same. My heart goes out to these communities and all who have lost friends and loved ones.
In moments like these, it can feel difficult to move forward with the needs or requirements of our day-to-day life. Even going to work, smiling at your colleagues, or making a joke can feel like a trying feat. This is why it is so important in these difficult times to make sure to check in on each other's wellness. May is mental health awareness month, but mental wellness is something that takes daily nurturing and especially when tragedy strikes.
Last year I co-authored an article on Talking to your Team about the Violence at the Capitol and similar incidents. There are a few key messages from this article that I would like to specifically call out:
As you continue to push forth in your workweek, there are three things that I’d like to leave you with for managing these types of tragic situations:
Create space and acknowledge the events.
Communicate the importance of everyone’s wellness to your organization, and
Remind employees of the wellness benefits or share some recommended best practices such as making sure to block time during the day for meals.
As we make our way through mental health awareness month and look forward to Pride and Juneteenth, I hope that you all consider the importance of being well in the work of DEI.
With DEI in Mind,