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Celebrating Diversity in the Workplace

As a fractional recruiter and executive coach, I am proud to champion the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce. Pride Month is a time to honor the LGBTQIA+ community and recognize their vital contributions to our workplaces.

Diverse teams drive innovation, foster creativity, and create a more inclusive and dynamic environment. It’s essential to build workplaces where everyone feels valued, respected, and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work.

We must take the time to acknowledge the realities faced by the LGBTQIA+ workforce. Together, we can create change.

The Human Rights Campaign’s report, “A Workplace Divided,” reveals that nearly half of LGBTQ+ employees feel the need to hide their identity at work. This fear and isolation can severely impact mental health and job satisfaction, which in turn affects productivity.

Key findings include:

  • 46% of LGBTQ+ workers say they are closeted at work, compared to 50% in HRCF’s groundbreaking 2008 Degrees of Equality report;
  • 1-in-5 LGBTQ+ workers report having been told or had coworkers imply that they should dress in a more feminine or masculine manner;
  • 53% of LGBTQ+ workers report hearing jokes about lesbian or gay people at least once in a while;
  • 31% of LGBTQ+ workers say they have felt unhappy or depressed at work

The top reason LGBTQ+ workers don’t report negative comments to a supervisor or human resources is that they don’t think anything would be done about it, and they don’t want to hurt their relationships with coworkers.

Just as Pride is both a celebration and a protest, we’d like to take the time to recognize incredible members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

Did you know that every year “outstanding” releases a “Top 100 LGBTQ+ Executives” list?

Here is just a sampling of the executives on the 2023 list! (be sure to go check out the entire list on their website)

  • Erik Day – Senior Vice President, Global Small Business at Dell Technologies
  • Emily “Hawking” Shilling – Deputy Program Manager, Commander of the United States Navy
  • Joelle Rotsaert – founder of Injectual
  • Darren Rickards – Managing Director, Head of Corporate Banking, Central Europe, Middle East & Africa at Bank of America
  • Zach Overton – Senior Director of Marketing, Devices & Services at Google
  • Josh Graff – Managing Director EMEA/LATAM & VP Enterprise Solutions Group at LinkedIn
  • TJ Lim – Managing Director, Head of Digital Platforms US Private Bank at J.P. Morgan

Here’s to celebrating these amazing leaders, not just during Pride month, but every month!

How can we, as leaders, create workplaces that help everyone feel safe to show up as their true selves? What do you think could help make a change this year and beyond?

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