What is TWIP?

The Transnational Workplace Inclusivity Project (TWIP) designs innovative tools to improve the wellbeing of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans* and Intersex people (LGBTI) in the workplace by focusing on inclusive recruitment practices. By establishing a more inclusive recruitment process and ensuring untroubled integration into a new workplace, TWIP aims to set the groundworks for a discrimination-free and open workplace culture that allows people to come out as LGBTI (if they choose to do so).

We are developing a total of 5 complimentary tools:

  1. LGBTI 101 (educational videos + pop-quiz)
  2. Checklist (poster)
  3. Create your own LGBTI-network (toolkit)
  4. TeamWorks! (educational card game)
  5. HireMe (browser-based simulation game)

   

   Become a pioneer

Because we want to make sure that these tools are practical, easy to implement and time-cost effective, we are looking for companies, organizations, networks and people willing and able to evaluate these tools and give feedback on how they can be improved. We will support these participants and guide them step-by-step through this trial run. The input we receive via a feedback form that will be provided to the participants, will contribute to the final critical analysis of the tools before the development of our end-product.

Some of the advantages of being a participant for TWIP:

  • Be the first to test exciting and innovative tools on workplace inclusion that will set the tone for future inclusion policies in the European Union
  • Get a chance to determine the course of the further development of inclusion tools that will be employed in countries throughout the EU
  • Show your employees that you prioritize their well-being and care about creating an inclusive workplace for all
  • Come forward as a pioneer and Best Practice to other companies
  • Earn a special mention on our website, in the project and during the international workplace conference (sponsored by the European Social Fund and the Flemish government)
  • Get access to multiple networking possibilities with relevant actors on this subject
  • Receive priority-invites for workplace conferences
  • Own incentives
     

   A bit more about the tools…

  1. LGBTI 101

An introduction course on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and Expression (and Sex Characteristics).

What is so specific about the LGBTI topic? What does this acronym stand for? Why is it important that we pay extra attention to this subgroup of society? With the use of educational videos, our mascot the gender bread person, and a  fun pop-quiz, we will introduce the basic terminology and explain some important concepts. This module is two-fold:

  • Introduction videos that will guide you through the basic terminology and familiarize you with the concept of LGBTI. This part of the module will end with a pop-quiz.
  • Links and contact information of the most important organizations and resources in regards to LGBTI (in the workplace) across the European Union.
  1. Checklist (poster)

This tool takes the form of two checklists. One checklist will be directed towards the LGBTI job seeker, the other towards the recruiter or HR manager.

The checklist for the job seeker.

What are some tell-tale signs to find out whether a company values diversity? Are there any role models? Does this company use gender neutral language? What are some reflective questions you can ask yourself before applying somewhere? This checklist provides a helpful framework for an LGBTI person looking for a new job.

The checklist for HR staff.

Does your company use inclusive or gender neutral language? Is your recruiting staff aware of unconscious bias? Is there an existing LGBTI-network in the company and a confidence counselor informed about the LGBTI topic? This checklist will evaluate the level of inclusion present in your workplace, while also giving some concrete tips and tricks on ways to improve.

Both checklists will complement each other and emphasize the mutual accountability of both employer and employee in creating a fully-inclusive organization for all.

  1. LGBTI-network how-to-guide

Creating a network of LGBTI employees can be an indispensable step towards reaching full inclusivity in your company, but it can be a daunting challenge. This toolkit, in the form of a downloadable guide, sets out guidelines, offers tips and tricks, and lists best practices for everyone interested in starting an LGBTI network in their workplace, whether they’re an LGBTI employee themselves, a manager, HR staff or diversity coordinator looking to support the network of their employees.

By offering this how-to-guide, we aim to provide the necessary expertise to set up an LGBTI-network, but we leave agency, execution and implementation completely in the hands of the recipient.

  1. TeamWorks!

This innovative card game, loosely based on the traditional game “Happy Families”, can be used as an informal teambuilding tool, a selection tool in recruitment processes, as a tool for talent management, or simply as a fun lunchtime activity. The premise of the game is that you are an HR manager assigned with the task of putting together a balanced and diverse team for a specific project.

By comparing different team role traits, identity characteristics, strengths and (allowable) weaknesses (based on the Belbin Team Role Inventory), you put together your team. Try and analyze pitfalls and team dynamics, think about different tasks for every team member, and make sure there is a workable synergy within your team.

There is no winner or loser in TeamWorks. The goal is to encourage you as a player to learn to see diversity as an indispensable asset to a team. Make sure you are happy about every team member individually, and the dynamics of your team as a whole. Make a strong case for your team, have their backs, and smoothly explain your way through the final discussion round.

  1. HireMe (working title)

This browser-based interactive simulation game allows a player to step into the shoes of an LGBTI person getting ready for and going to a job interview. The game starts in the character’s home, exactly one hour before they have to leave for the job interview. It is up to the player to make the choices for the character. What do they do in this hour? How do they prepare? What do they wear? How do all of these decisions influence the way they’re feeling? And what are the consequences of their choices for the interview?

The game continues in front of an inquisitive interview panel, eager to find out who they have in front of them. Again it is up to the player to decide how the character replies to the jury’s questions. Do they come out as LGBTI? Do they ask for gender inclusive bathrooms? Specific insurance policies? What do the, at times slightly intrusive, questions of the panel members do to their self-esteem and confidence? Different decisions by the player lead to different outcomes.

By taking on the role of an LGBTI person going to a job interview, it is possible for players to experience the stress inherent to this scenario. This will raise awareness in potential employers and recruiters on this topic.

For more information on this project, or in case you have any additional questions before you or your company participate, please don’t hesitate to contact Alex De Greef via [email protected].

The companies and organizations that signed the inclusion charter of KliQ and Vlerick Business School