Here are some ideas for making your office more inclusive:
🏳️🌈 Gender Neutral Language – don’t assume colleagues are in a heterosexual relationship; even if they have children.
🏳️🌈 Gender Neutral Facilities – bathrooms and other facilities should not be gender specific. Floor to ceiling cubicles help ensure privacy.
🏳️🌈 Education – educate the company on its attitudes towards inclusivity. A ‘pride’ sticker in a prominent place does not embed beliefs into the fabric of the business.
🏳️🌈 Pairing – many LBGTTQIA+ persons talk of ‘onlyness’ so pair them with others in the community or strong allies. Feeling part of something is important.
🏳️🌈 Diversity Groups – have a group where diversity and inclusivity is celebrated.
🏳️🌈 Wear the Pride Badge Proudly – actively promote that, as a business, you support pride in your team and community, and that your team are educated on all things rainbow.
🏳️🌈 Support Events Publicly – this is important visibility for rainbow employees. It shows a connection to the community.
🏳️🌈 Be Adaptable – change and move with the community as required to strengthen your business as an inclusive and desirable place to work.
In our office we wear the Rainbow Tick badge proudly. We have a large rainbow column and sign in the centre of the office.
Of our team, 16% identify as rainbow and having gone through the Tick process we now have a company full of strong allies.
It’s not hard to connect the dots between separateness and poor performance or inclusivity and productivity. It’s good for people and good for business to embrace inclusivity.