Karen Thomson, Diversity & Inclusion Lead at Fujitsu, UK&I told HR Grapevine that HR policies should reflect an organisation’s culture and empower talent. “You need to truly understand LGBT+ experiences within your organisation to make sure your policies are creating an inclusive LGBT+ workplace.
“When looking at your policies think about the language you are using. By reviewing your policies through an LGBT+ lens you can ensure that they are relevant to LGBT+ employees. For example, would same-sex parents feel that your Maternity and Paternity Policies include them? By making policies inclusive you signal to LGBT+ employees that they are an integral part of your thought process when creating policies.
“HR should also be supporting employees going through specific LGBT+ life events, such as coming out or transitioning in the workplace. By highlighting relevant guidance and providing support to employees and managers, HR will help LGBT+ employees feel welcome, comfortable and safe being completely who they are at work.”
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