31 Oct Six ways to be more inclusive of transgender people in the workplace
HR has a key role in preventing discrimination against transgender people. Jennie Kermode, author of a new book on transgender people in the workplace, gives six tips on making the workplace more inclusive.
A recent survey by job board Totaljobs found that 43% of transgender people actively look for trans-friendly employers when they’re jobhunting. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people may also take an organisation’s trans-friendliness as a good sign that they’ll be welcome there. So how can employers make their workplaces better for transgender employees? How can they send out the right signals – and make sure they are doing more than just window-dressing?
Go beyond LGBT
Some employers don’t realise that it’s not enough just to cater for one group covered by the acronym LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender people). They may also fail to realise that these groups can have very different needs. Transgender people who are considering working for an organisation need to know that it is aware of the specific issues they face. This means employers make a better impression if they mention transgender people specifically in their recruitment materials and statements about equality.