It’s no secret that employees perform best at work when they feel comfortable, safe and able to be themselves.
With this in mind, it makes sense that jobseekers will only choose new roles at organisations where they know that they will be accepted without exception.
Everyone wants to be happy at work – why risk that happiness by applying for roles with employers who have no way of proving their reputations for ensuring equality?
This is not just the right thing to do, it also makes proven business sense.
Regrettably, this remains a very real consideration for many LGBT people. Although things have improved in recent years, prejudice and discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity is still a reality in some workplaces.
That is why projects like Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index remain vital. Ranking employers on their inclusivity not only incentivises them to improve their performance in this area, but helps LGBT people and allies make informed choices about where they will be able to be themselves and reach their full potential.
This is also where Stonewall’s unique jobsite Proud Employers comes in.
Relaunched this week, our site only advertises vacancies with employers who are members of our workplace programme, ensuring the roles on offer are in inclusive, accepting environments. This helps jobseekers find both the right role, and the right organisation, for them.
This is not just the right thing to do, it also makes proven business sense. LGBT employees bring valuable insights and skills to any workplace, and failing to attract them as employees will mean organisations miss out on their talents and contributions – this is a truth they are becoming increasingly aware of.
As such, LGBT people and allies finding roles at inclusive employers isn’t just better for them - the very act of doing so encourages other organisations to up their game, improve their policies and provide fair, inclusive spaces for LGBT employees. If they don’t, they miss out on their experience and perspectives, and are worse for it.
The more LGBT people channel their voices and skills into roles with explicitly inclusive employers, the more they encourage other organisations to make sure they match up
And let’s not forget, on a personal level, people perform best when they can be themselves.