The vital importance of talking about the Chauvin verdict at work

Sarah Todd
·5-min read
The vital importance of talking about the Chauvin verdict at work

The news that a jury found former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin guilty of murdering George Floyd is already sparking a wide range of reactions, from celebration and relief that Chauvin is being held accountable, to grief, anxiety, and anger over Floyd’s death and continued police violence against Black people. In the coming days, it will be crucial for managers and employers to support their Black employees by acknowledging that. “A lot of times we aren’t sure what to say, so we just back away and don’t say anything,” says social psychologist Evelyn Carter, the director of training and people development at the diversity and inclusion firm Paradigm Strategy.