Supporting Latinx and Hispanic employees during Hispanic Heritage Month goes beyond work parties, Lunch N’ Learns, or social media shoutouts. This is the time for leaders to collect data, build relationships with team members, and identify how the company can provide historically excluded employees with more professional development opportunities.
Non-white Latino and Hispanic people are highly underpaid compared to white men in the workplace. Latina workers earn only 57 cents for every dollar earned by white, non-Hispanic men and those who work full-time year-round only earn 52 cents to the dollar, according to Equal Pay Today.
To create an equitable environment, companies must invest in Latinx and Hispanic employees’ professional development by:
Below are Perfeqta’s recommendations for leaders who want to put a plan into action.
Data shows Hispanic and Latinx employees are often underpaid. The first step toward workplace equity is to conduct a pay audit and rectify any disparities based on gender, ethnicity, or other factors. Here's how to get started:
Latinx and Hispanic employees are underrepresented in leadership positions, accounting for only 4 percent of large U.S. companies' senior executives in 2021.
Mentors and sponsors are essential for career advancement. Leaders can play a huge role in supporting their Latinx and Hispanic employees by:
Employee Resource Groups are essential for networking, professional growth, and fostering a sense of belonging. Leaders can support Hispanic and Latinx communities by:
Investing in employees’ professional development is critical for retaining top talent. When leaders talk to employees about growth plans, they must also provide resources. This includes:
While employees put more time and energy into their professional development, leaders must support their well-being to prevent overworking and burnout. Companies can protect team members’ mental health by:
Creating a workplace that fully supports Latinx and Hispanic employees requires proactive effort and dedication from leaders. By addressing pay inequities, providing sponsorship opportunities, supporting ERGs, offering professional development training, and providing mental health resources, leaders can foster an equitable workplace where all employees feel safe, valued, and supported.
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