WHAT CAN BLACK WOMEN DO?
“Once there’s acknowledgement of the harsh realities of emotional tax on black women, individuals can enhance their assertiveness skills to help them cope in the workplace,” says Green.
Familiaring oneself with company policies, HR practices and processes is important, as is looking for channels through which one can speak up. It’s also essential to focus on individual relationships in the workplace, as these can create safety, and to seek out colleagues who recognise and appreciate one’s skills.
“There needs to a be work-life balance, so you need to be ambitious and work effectively, while growing personally with meaningful experiences,” says Green.