Fostering Gay-Friendly Companies for Human Right and Equality

  1. Jill Andrews
  2. August 7, 2017 9:42 am

Fostering Gay-Friendly Companies for Human Right and Equality

Fostering Gay-Friendly Companies for Human Right and Equality

 

While a lot of progress has been made in almost every sector of the world, still a number of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people worry about disclosing their sexuality at workplace thinking that it would have some negative consequences. So, what do the businesses do to support the LGBT employees? Most of the companies in the US and in the European continent are accepting the LGBT community relatively, but the issues that the people of LGBT community face here is a minority compared to those countries where the revelation of homosexuality can result in torture, prison, and even death.

Therefore, around 40% people of the LGBT community prefer not to disclose the sexuality at the workplace. A study conducted by the HRC or Human Rights Campaign revealed that a large number of LGBT workers remain closeted on the job. It is because most of their colleagues either prefer to avoid gay people or fail to understand the life journey of the LGBT people in the workplace. In some cases, they also worry that they would discriminate or offend someone. As a result, they choose to hide their personal lives from the clients and colleagues for the fear of exclusion, homophobia or thinking that they would be overlooked for the valuable promotions.

But remaining secretive is not the best scenario for any employer. The reason behind it is that the LGBT employees, who are confident and get support at the workplace, are almost 20-30% more productive.

So, to foster gay-friendly companies for Human Right and Equality, it is necessary to create an environment so that the LGBT people can work at different settings. Otherwise, this will run the threat of repressing some bold ideas, which may be important to make any project successful. Here are the services that the companies can actually take to foster the LGBT-friendly workplace, which actually thrives.

  1. To come up with an inclusive atmosphere: Creating a LGBT friendly culture needs a sincere mission statement on the corporate website or more than 100% rating by the Human Rights Campaign. Besides, the employer should create the office environment in such a way that the LGBT employees can work along with the straight colleagues and also feel free to open up. Besides, the employer can create some LGBT groups for the employees or can take part in the Pride observances to make some commitments to the LGBT causes all throughout the year. As a whole, the companies should create some effective ways so that the LGBT employees become ready to offer suggestions and feedbacks as well as share their experiences.

Besides, having an inclusive culture in the office will also help the LGBT employees to be comfortable to invite their partners to any company events and can, therefore, be role models for the fellow LGBT employees. Offering a culture of transparency and openness is the key here.

  1. Inclusivity that stems from leadership: Support from the inclusive workplace begins at the senior level of any company and therefore it reverberates throughout the culture of the company. So, to foster a gay-friendly company, leaders have to boost the business by creating an ethos, which values the inclusivity of people along with their ideas and innovations. Comprehensible messages from the management regarding the importance of acceptance and diversity make the stance of the company transparent while creating a culture that is clear on the values, the actions and words this will tolerate and resources that it will make available to all the employees.
  2. Develop diversity into the human resource policy: Diversity is not effective at all in case it is used as a buzzword. Rather, this should be developed into the HR policies of any company. These policies mainly extend from the health benefits for the lesbian or gay partners to support for the sexual reassignment surgery.

Apart from that, companies can grow LGBT employee friendly workplaces by recruiting a number of LGBT employees. To do this, companies can reach out to the LGBT people based in colleges and universities and can also make the values of the companies clear across social media and different websites. The job descriptions of these companies should include a clear statement on the commitment of this company to equality and diversity.