For example, in the Black community, those conversations and specific actions to meet the community where they are to build awareness and understanding was the catalyst for building a successful vaccination program in the community.
“In the Black community, you can see why that shift was important,” Wilson said. “There was a lot of resistance from our community to getting vaccinated.”
This realization stresses the importance of having honest conversations to help fill gaps in mental and health wellness that employers may not know about, Druhan says.
“One of the biggest things that employers can do is talk to your employees,” he said. “We know that queer, trans and two-spirit people face poorer health and mental health outcomes.”
That’s why it’s more important than ever for companies like Walmart Canada to be a place that asks questions and puts well-being at the centre of everything they do.
“You don’t have to have the answers, none of us are experts,” Ixtabalan said. “But you do have to have wise compassion and you have to ask how people are doing and you have to then know how to directly support associates whenever they need help, and that’s really the kind of culture and environment we’re trying to create. And that’s a movement. It takes time to address those things.”