Not all LGBT+ employees are out at work. Employees are less likely to come out when they are starting a job or when they hold a more senior position. Some are only out to some colleagues. Research by the European Fundamental Rights Agency indicates that only 16% of trans people are open about their gender identity to everyone in the workplace.
While coming out should be everyone’s personal choice, being open about their sexual orientation or gender identity makes LGBT+ employees feel less anxious, improves their self-image and makes them feel more satisfied with work and life in general. What’s more, most LGBT+ employees indicate that their situation improved after they came out and that their co-workers’ reactions were largely positive.
In a workplace with an inclusive culture, employees know that the organization they work for allows them to be open about their sexual orientation and gender identity. A review of 36 studies in The Business Impact of LGBT-Supportive Workplace Policies, for instance, has shown a strong correlation between a workplace with an open climate for LGBT+ people and better (mental) health, higher job satisfaction and stronger involvement.
Our tools improve diversity in general, but focus specifically on gender diversity and sexual diversity. By tackling existing gender mechanisms that lead to (unconscious) bias and prejudices, we don’t just create an open and better workplace atmosphere for LGBT+ employees, but for all employees.