The Importance of LGBTQ+ Education in the Workplace
Have you ever been in a workplace setting where a rude or unwelcoming joke was made at the expense of people in the LGBTQ+ community? Or perhaps you are a member of the LGBTQ+ community and feel uncomfortable in your workplace because you’re not sure how your colleagues would react if they knew. Even in organizations that are progressive and attract open-minded people who are supportive of the LGBTQ+ community, LGBTQ+ education and trainings in the workplace are important. Why?
People who identify as LGBTQ+ may feel raised levels of anxiety and stress at work if they are unsure about how supportive their organization will be of them. Including LGBTQ+ education as part of a company’s training helps create an environment that’s accepting and welcoming. It also sets the tone for the rest of the employees, creating an expectation of tolerance and acceptance.
Talented members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to stay and work in an organization that’s openly supportive of issues related to the community. LGBTQ+ education should also include HR practices and legal issues such as providing equal benefits for same-sex couples and similar. You can be sure that LBGTQ+ employees will appreciate and value a company that is up to date on these issues as well.
Build the Team
LGBTQ+ education can serve to bring everyone together and create an opportunity to answer questions and build understanding and empathy. It also sets expectations for how the company expects employees to behave and interact surrounding LGBTQ+ issues.
Think your workplace could use LGBTQ+ education? Approach the HR department, your superior, or contact Fairy Tales today. It could create a very positive change in your workplace.