How the George Floyd trial is a chance for true corporate leadership

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The murder trial of Derek Chauvin—a former Minneapolis police officer accused of killing George Floyd last spring—is now in its second week. As a case considered a potential bellwether for criminal prosecution of police brutality, the proceedings may have many employees preoccupied, even disengaged from work.

While that could worry some employers about productivity, now is the time to give employees the space they may need, says Dr. Bobbi Thomason, assistant professor of applied behavioral science at Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.

“Leaders must understand that what employees, especially employees of color and Black employees, are experiencing during and following impactful social events

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