What does the LGBTQ Community Mean?
LGBTQ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer. These are terms which denote an individual’s sexual orientation. It was initiated to emphasize about the diversity of sexual orientation or gender identity-based culture. LGBTQ Community centres spread awareness about the people who are basically non-heterosexual or non-cisgender.
There are a lot of stereotypes against LGBTQ community which makes it difficult for them to live normally in society as they are easily accepted by others.
According to 2018 TimesJob Survey, 55% of employees experience bias at the workplace over gender, sexual orientation, and ethnicity. They also feel that companies don’t easily recruit people from LGBTQ community.
Issues that LGBTQ Community Face At Workplace
Bullying is one of the major issues that LGBTQ Community face. Non-heterosexual people find it difficult to connect with peers because they refuse to talk to them. Gaining knowledge from supervisors and colleagues also become difficult because people don’t want to engage with them.
Non-heterosexual people also become the subject of mockery at the workplace and this affects their confidence and esteem. A lot of organisations don’t have gender-neutral washroom which makes it difficult for them to adjust.
Many organisations don’t have inclusive HR strategies which affect their recruitment, performance appraisal etc, and all this lead to low job satisfaction. They also face discrimination during employee engagement activities where their colleagues don’t easily make a part of their team.
LBTQ Community employees are not provided with equal opportunity to raise their point towards anything in the organisation. They face this during team meetings, giving their opinion towards any burning issue in the organisation, etc.
During recruitment, they do face bias towards them which affects their chances of being on-boarded. If they reveal their sexuality during the interview, they are generally asked a lot of personal questions which might affect their confidence.
Non-heterosexual employees are asked a lot of questions about their families, life choices, and sexual orientation. Later, this information usually becomes a part of others’ conversation. In this way, the workplace environment becomes less psychologically safer for them.
These are some of the issues that LGBTQ community people face at workplace and affects their productivity, motivation, confidence. Most of them also resign from their job because they are not welcomed or fairly treated at their workplace.
All this affect the mental health, economic situation of LGBTQ community people and organisations have to bear the loss. It’s important to make workplace inclusive to create a win-win situation for everyone.
How to avoid these issues?
- At Organisational Level
- Inclusive HR strategies should be developed where everyone is provided with equal opportunities.
- Hire a Diversity and Inclusion Manager who ensures that everyone is treated fairly and takes action against discriminatory behaviour.
- Training on diversity and inclusion should be conducted.
- At Employee Level
- Peers should not show any discriminatory behaviour or pass any derogatory comment against them.
- They should not ask questions regarding their sexual orientation.
- Peers should ensure that everyone feels welcomed at the workplace.
- At Individual Level
- Non-heterosexual people should report if they face any discriminatory behavior. They have to be stern when peers ask personal questions.
- These are some of the ways that will make the workplace inclusive for LGBTQ community people.