5 ways to take Pride in your workplace
Being an inclusive workplace is key to creating a world that allows the LGBTQ+ community to be their whole selves.
All employees should feel welcome, respected, and represented at work. Inclusion improves the outcomes for individuals as well as companies/organisations. When people are free to be themselves, everybody benefits.
Here are 5 ways that your workplace can ensure LGBTQ+ inclusivity:
Adopt policies for LGBTQ+ inclusion. This should be a core part of your Equality and Diversity policy and shows your commitment to tackling discrimination in this area.
List your pronouns. Add them to email signatures and social media platforms. Clearly stating pronouns is a way to normalise not assuming someone's gender, and can help those in the trans & non-binary community feel more comfortable stating theirs.
Incorporate gender-neutral language. This avoids bias towards a particular gender and is particularly good in company documentation/contracts (using 'they' instead of 'he/she').
Celebrate LGBTQ+ history and events. This helps boost awareness inside and outside of the workplace. These events can be used as learning opportunities for staff as well as a time for celebration.
Give to LGBTQ+ charities/organisations. When undertaking fundraising throughout the year, look at what LGBTQ+ charities you can support. In Pride month you can run different events to help raise money too, such as bake-off's or physical challenges.