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Handbook for Strategic HR by OD Network

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CHAPTER 23

Racism in the Workplace

OD Practitioners’ Role in Change

Judith H. Katz and Karon R. Moore

PEOPLE OF COLOR have often shared that they experience organizational life differently than their white counterparts. Common feedback from people of color includes that they have insufficient access to information, are given titles without real authority, or lack proper funding or compensation. Many people of color talk about feeling isolated and alone in their organization, with few people at their organizational level who are like them to interact with in their daily business routines. People of color often comment on getting busy work—or, paradoxically, the most difficult work with insufficient support.

The “comfort factor” can cause white ...

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