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Tips for creating an inclusive workplace for LGBTQIA+ employees

Posted on June 23, 2022

To celebrate Pride Month, we’ve pulled together 4 tips for employers on how to make their workplaces more inclusive for their LGBTQIA+ employees.

  1. Pronouns
    Including pronouns in email signatures or wearing pronoun pins helps avoid accidentally misgendering people. Encouraging all employees to include their pronouns in their email signatures not only normalises the use of pronouns within the workplace but also makes trans and gender non-conforming employees feel less singled out for using them.
  2. Gender neutral bathrooms
    Many gender non-conforming and transgender employees feel uncomfortable when the only options for bathrooms are either women’s or men’s. By having gender neutral bathrooms, it shows employers care about inclusivity and diversity. These bathrooms can be used by anyone and help avoid unsafe or frightening situations for trans and gender non-conforming people.
  3. Uplift the LGBTQIA+ community outside of Pride
    Although it is lovely to see companies showing their allyship during Pride Month, it is also important that employers are just as invested in the LGBTQ+ community outside of Pride. Making sure your company and workplace is just as inclusive and supportive throughout the rest of the year is what makes your workplace a positive space.
  4. Educating yourself
    Educating yourself and seeking out training on LGBTQIA+ issues is an important step in creating an inclusive environment. This is not limited to just employers but employees too. When everyone is informed, your LGBTQIA+ employees are less likely to feel distressed in the workplace.

If you would like to learn more about inclusive practices, sign up for one of our upcoming open workshops or contact us to explore our bespoke training courses.