Inclusion. It’s become a mantra for Catalyst. We even added it to our mission statement—Accelerate Progress for Women Through Workplace Inclusion. Research shows that when everyone feels included, employees are more likely to go above and beyond the call of duty as well as step up to offer new ideas.
June is Pride Month, a month to celebrate and honor the achievements of the LGBT community. Being inclusive of all people is imperative for businesses and leaders. Because when diverse ideas are valued, everyone wins.
Inclusion in the Workplace
Recently, Catalyst presented research in Australia about being an ally to LGBT people in the workplace and around the world. The reasons are simple:
Employees who experience EACH—empowerment, accountability, courage, humility—from their managers report feeling more psychologically safe.
The more “psychologically safe” employees felt, the more included they felt in their workgroups.
Feeling unique can enhance innovation.
Men and women who feel like an “other” because of their gender feel less psychologically safe.
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Gender Diversity on Boards in Canada: Recommendations for Accelerating Progress
Canada continues to lag behind other developed nations when it comes to women on boards, and there is a growing urgency to turn the tide. Catalyst’s new report, Gender Diversity on Boards in Canada: Recommendations for Accelerating Progress—commissioned by the Government of Ontario—builds on recently introduced “comply or explain” securities law rule amendments and offers recommendations to help companies, business leaders and governments advance gender equity on boards and across all levels of organizations. It also includes a review of global best practices for accelerating women to boards and insights from business leaders from BMO Financial Group and EY. Check out the report now.
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The Inability to Bring Your Whole Self to Work Can Impact Business
Employee engagement suffers by up to 30% due to unwelcoming environments. When asked about their experiences with negative workplace environments and/or feeling compelled to be closeted, LGBT workers reported the following:
9% avoid working on a certain project.
14% had to lie about the reason to take off work in order to care for their partner, child, or other family member.
15% stayed home from work.
17% avoided working with certain clients of customers.
20% felt exhausted from spending time and energy hiding their personal identity.
30% felt distracted from work.
Deena Fidas, Liz Cooper, Jenna Raspanti , Human Rights Campaign Foundation, The Cost of the Closet and the Rewards of Inclusion: Why the Workplace Environment for LGBT People Matters to Employers” (Human Rights Campaign, 2014).
It’s Important to be an Ally
An Ally is any non-LGBT person who advocates for equal rights and/or for fair treatment of LGBT individuals, and takes action to challenge prejudice against the community. Not only is this the right thing to do at work, it’s the right thing to do always. Because equal rights should be just that…equal.
To find out how you can help, attend our webinar on June 16: “Creating Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Inclusive Workplaces.” Register today.
Historic Inclusion Barrier Has Been Broken
Today marks a landmark moment for women and for inclusion in the United States. For the first time, a woman has been nominated for President by one of the United States’ major political parties. The historic nature of Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s candidacy is an unprecedented victory for all women in leadership—proving women can do anything—including successfully climb the ranks of government to compete for the highest office of a country. We can only hope this opens the door for everyone to ascend the political ranks in the coming years, regardless of their gender, sexual orientation, or religion.