- 1. Train Your Team to Be Champions of Equality
- 2. Make Your Inclusivity Shine
- 3. Speak the Language of Inclusivity
- 4. LGBTQ+ Isn't Monolithic
- 5. Safety First, Always
Do you have an LGBTQ+ community-friendly hiring process? In today's diverse workplace, creating an LGBTQ+ friendly recruitment isn't just the right thing to do, it's a smart business move.
But let's face it, the landscape of diversity and inclusion is still evolving. While progress is being made, nearly half of LGBTQ+ employees are still not out at the office, and a staggering 75% have faced workplace discrimination because of their identity.
These numbers are even higher for transgender individuals.
That's why we need a hiring process that actively addresses these disparities, especially for remote teams where building a strong sense of community can be tricky.
This article outlines 5 key elements to help you attract and retain top LGBTQ+ talent:
1. Train Your Team to Be Champions of Equality
- Educate your staff on discrimination policies and cultural sensitivity. It's crucial everyone understands and respects your commitment to inclusion.
- Teach them about setting boundaries, respecting diverse experiences, and creating a safe space for feedback and raising concerns.
2. Make Your Inclusivity Shine
- Show off your dedication to LGBTQ+ inclusion beyond just words. Start a virtual workplace pride group to support your internal community, share stories of your diverse team on social media, and partner with LGBTQ+ organizations.
- This sends a clear message to potential candidates: you're serious about celebrating everyone's unique background.
3. Speak the Language of Inclusivity
- Clearly state your non-discrimination policy, ensuring it embraces all gender identities and sexual orientations in virtual working environments. Make it a living document so that people can contribute to it over time.
- Encourage feedback from candidates and be open to making changes based on their experiences. Show them you genuinely want to build an inclusive space.
4. LGBTQ+ Isn't Monolithic
- Recognize that the LGBTQ+ community is diverse. Respect different racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds within the community, and acknowledge the full and continuously evolving range of sexual orientations and gender identities.
- Ditch ‘heteronormative assumption’ and build a hiring process that embraces this beautiful diversity. Embrace gender neutral language for a more inclusive workplace.
5. Safety First, Always
- Studies show 23% of US LGBTQ+ employees face workplace hostility, especially trans and minority members. Make sure your remote team feels safe and supported no matter where they live – consider the implications.
- This means building trust, addressing inappropriate behavior quickly, and creating a zero-tolerance policy for discrimination.
By focusing on these five pillars, you'll not only attract talented individuals from all walks of life, but also enrich your organization with a wealth of fresh perspectives and experiences.
Building an LGBTQ+ community-friendly hiring process is a journey towards a more diverse and equitable workplace. And that’s better for everyone!