Sandra Kerr OBE, Business in the Community Race Equality Director said:
" I want this booklet to help people to feel the discomfort and start the conversations anyway. It is pocket-sized because it's not designed to cover every possible scenario that you may encounter or want to discuss. My best hope is that it's effective icebreaker and conversation starter which will enable leaders, employers and policymakers to openly discuss issues of race with their organisations".
The pocket guide, Let's Talk About Race, authored by Sandra Kerr, OBE, and published today, reflects the findings of the Business in the Community Race at Work survey of over 24,000 people and has been written as a direct response to one of the 26 recommendations in the Race in the Workplace review.
The Business in the Community Race at Work report found that 63% of all people are not comfortable talking about race in the workplace, with 66% of employees from BAME backgrounds saying that they felt their colleagues were not comfortable with talking about race at work.
In addition, 58% of white employees felt their colleagues were not comfortable with conversations about race at work.
The pocket guide hopes to support people with some simple do’s and don’ts to help break down barriers between colleagues who might otherwise feel uncomfortable asking questions or bringing up conversations about ethnicity
The release of the guidebook also follows the Prime Ministers Race Disparity Audit of Ethnicity Facts and Figures launched in October this year to create more visibility on existing statistics across Government and the public sector.