And in terms of the workplace, how can we create a more inclusive culture at work?
Kayla: I don’t have a huge team, but I try to have open conversations with employees and partners that I work with. I want them to know they are heard and that I understand them.
In the Asian culture, many are afraid to voice out. What company leaders can do is create a channel of communication by setting up a hotline or a special email that provides support and advice. Some large corporations also have support groups where people can share their ideas and feelings – I think it’s a great idea as it can help create a safe space and build a community of trust within the organisation.
And if you’re not in a position where you can set these things up, you can still make others feel included by, say, inviting someone to eat together if you see them left alone at lunch. Treat everyone the same way as you would your friends. Sometimes, small gestures can make big differences.
So all in all, what is being supportive all about?
Kayla: At the end of the day, it’s about communication and respect. Now, every family has their own way of communicating, but one direct way for parents to show support is to just say, “I’m here for you.” Never underestimate the power of this simple line, as it may just give your loved one the courage that they need to be themselves completely.
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