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To ensure the continued success of bisexual inclusion, and to develop innovative good practice, organisations should develop robust feedback mechanisms by monitoring sexual orientation and regularly consulting bisexual staff on workplace issues.
Organisations should break down monitoring data to see if bisexual staff members are taking up career and personal development courses. If fewer bisexual staff members are taking up these opportunities than lesbians and gay men or heterosexual employees, organisations should promote them specifically to bisexual staff and consider different communication strategies.
Some participants told us that they were reluctant to fill in sexual orientation monitoring forms because they thought if they indicated they were bisexual, this would be identified by their colleagues. All monitoring processes should be kept strictly confidential. Organisations should promote this and also stress that monitoring sexual orientation can help to identify particular issues that affect bisexual staff and help organisations address these issues. Over time this will increase the amount of people who declare their sexual orientation on monitoring forms.
Participants indicated that bisexual staff members may have different perceptions of workplace satisfaction. Stonewall encourages organisations to break down sexual orientation data by lesbian, gay, bisexual and heterosexual responses to identify trends. Some organisations that have done so have found that bisexual staff members report lower rates of staff satisfaction across numerous areas of their working lives.
Alongside promoting confidentiality it's important to disseminate information gathered by monitoring exercises. Specific trends and issues affecting bisexual staff should be highlighted to the executive board, line managers and to all staff. This will not only raise awareness of bisexual workplace issues but also demonstrate the organisation's commitment to bisexual equality.
Organisations who monitor sexual orientation and have found that bisexual staff members report low staff satisfaction should explore these trends in more detail. It might be helpful to hold focus groups or other consultative meetings with bisexual staff to find out what issues are affecting them. Consultative exercises such as focus groups should also be used to evaluate the effectiveness of career development initiatives intended to boost bisexual inclusion.