Workplace Guides: Bisexual People in the Workplace

Introduction | Key issues | Developing effective policy and procedures
Engaging bisexual employees| Evaluating success | Top ten steps

 

 

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Bisexual People in the Workplace: practical advice for employers 

Stonewall knows that people perform better when they can be themselves and despite many great strides that have been made to achieve sexual orientation equality in workplaces across Britain, many bisexual men and women still feel unable to be themselves at work.

 

 

The guide is split into four sections:


Forward:

Stonewall knows that people perform better when they can be themselves and it is with
this aim that we have been working with the 500 members of Stonewall's Diversity
Champions programme. It is clear however, that despite many great strides that have
been made to achieve sexual orientation equality in workplaces across Britain, many
bisexual men and women still feel unable to be themselves at work.

This guide, the first of its kind to capture the experiences of bisexual employees, shows that the discrimination they often face can prevent them achieving their full
potential at work. These experiences are often quite distinct from those of their lesbian and gay colleagues. Too often stereotypical assumptions and beliefs about bisexual people and their lives, from both straight and gay people, mean that they feel unable to access the very initiatives that are meant to support them.

In their efforts to make their workplaces safer and more equal for their employees, some employers have assumed that the experiences of lesbian, gay and bisexual
people are identical. The most advanced employers Stonewall works with however recognise that to get the most out of every one of their staff they need to take
account of the many different backgrounds and experiences they may have.

Contained in this guide are key recommendations and suggestions, many offered by bisexual employees themselves, on how to make work environments better for bisexual people. Stonewall is grateful to the many bisexual men and women, and Diversity Champion members whose insights on how to improve workplaces across Britain were shared with us.

 

BEN SUMMERSKILL 
Chief Executive, Stonewall



To download a PDF version of this guide, please click here.

This guide was produced with the support of the Home Office.


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