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Be an Ally: How Employers Can Support LGBTQIA+ Employees

BrightHR Australia 2 mins read

Be an Ally: How Employers Can Support LGBTQIA+ Employees 

 

June marks international Pride Month, the time to celebrate and hero our LGBTQIA+ community. While it’s cause for celebration, it’s also a time to reflect on the both the historical and present challenges that LGBTQIA+ employees are still facing, including discrimination in their workplaces.  

By creating LGBTQIA+ friendly workplaces, employers can help reduce stress and improve the health of their diverse employees, while simultaneously increasing job satisfaction and creating more positive relationships amongst colleagues. While there’s a basic understanding and awareness around inclusivity in many workplaces; not all employers are fully aware of practical ways they can facilitate inclusivity within their workplaces.  

Jess Van Der Walt, Head of Operations at BrightHR Australia says, “Employers play a vital role in creating a more inclusive workplace for LGBTQIA+ employees. When staff feel they are genuinely valued, heard and seen, it improves their overall productivity and engagement. Jess shares some tips that employers can start implementing within their workplaces."

 “Firstly, create a welcoming and inclusive workplace culture. Make it clear that all employees are welcome and respected, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. Employers can do this by training all employees on 1unconscious bias and discrimination. They can even go a step further and organise company-wide training around recognising bias in the workplace.” 

 “Secondly, implement policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and incorporate social events within the workplace where LGBTQIA+ employees can be celebrated."

 “Lastly, speak out against discrimination. When an employee experiences discrimination, employers should take swift action to address it. This could include speaking to the employee directly, investigating the incident, and taking disciplinary action against the person responsible.”  

 Jess adds, “Employers should understand that sexuality and gender are sensitive issues for staff and not everyone will feel comfortable being their true self at work. Making sure workplaces are inclusive, and that they have the latest advice to navigate conversations with their LGBTQIA+ staff will keep employees happy, engaged, and productive.” 

 “A workplace that champions equality is a better place, not just for the employer and the employees, but for the business as a whole. By implementing the steps above, employers can be proactive allies in creating workplaces where all employees feel welcome, respected, and are free to be their authentic selves; leading to a more productive and engaged workforce, as well as a stronger company culture.” 


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