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WHITEPAPER: Day-To-Day Experiences Of Emotional Tax Among Women And Men Of Color In The Workplace

WHITEPAPER: Day-To-Day Experiences Of Emotional Tax Among Women And Men Of Color In The Workplace

This report examines the Emotional Tax levied on Asian, Black, Latinx, and multiracial professionals in the United States as they aspire to advance and contribute to their organizations. In particular, Catalyst focuses on an important aspect of Emotional Tax: the state of being on guard—consciously preparing to deal with potential bias or discrimination. Report findings include:

  • Asian, Black, Latinx, and multiracial professionals pay an Emotional Tax at work when they feel they must be on guard to protect against racial and gender bias.
  • This experience was shared by nearly 60% of the women and men of color we surveyed.
  • Employees who feel on guard are most likely to want to leave their employers and face challenges to their well-being.
  • A majority of those who are on guard have a strong drive to contribute and succeed—suggesting that the loss of their talent would be detrimental to the organization.
  • To retain these valuable employees and address potential reasons for being on guard, leaders must cultivate inclusive workplaces.

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