LGBTQIA+ Employees In The Workforce
Is your organization doing enough to encourage LGBTQIA+ diversity and inclusion within everyday modern business and leadership practices? Ezra looks at the latest industry data on inclusivity for gender and sexuality to see how employers are measuring up.
Is your business doing enough to promote workplace inclusivity for LGBTQIA+ workers?
- 5.1% of women and 3.9% of men in the workforce identify as LGBTQIA+
- 2.3% of entry level women but only 0.6% of senior/VP/C-suite women identify as LGBTQIA+
- 3.1% of entry level men but only 2.9% of senior/VP/C-suite men identify as LGBTQIA+
The majority of LGBTQIA+ employees in the workforce are not comfortable revealing their sexuality and 46% said that they do not share their identity at work. These were the reasons they gave:
- 38% didn’t want to be stereotyped
- 36% didn’t want to make their coworkers uncomfortable
- 31% feared it would impact their relationships with coworkers
- 27% worried that their coworkers would think they were attracted to them purely because of their sexuality
Workforce development initiatives such as coaching benefit leadership, but also promote diversity and inclusion for LGBTQIA+ employees in the workplace!
“When we implemented a virtual coaching program for our recent hires from campus recruiting, both women and LGBTQ employees told us how much they appreciated having someone to talk with outside of the company.” – Melissa Werneck, Global Chief People Officer at Craft Heinz
More and more companies are starting to offer benefits to LGBTQIA+ employees, with more Fortune 500 companies included now than ever before!
- 96% of Fortune 500 companies have non-discrimination policies that include sexual orientation
- 94% have non-discrimination policies that include gender identity
- 71% offer transgender-inclusive benefits
- 57% offer domestic partner benefits
“Our primary goal for the program was to accelerate development of managerial or leadership skills; we didn’t anticipate the additional benefit that coaching offered to our diversity and inclusion efforts.“- Melissa Werneck, Global Chief People Officer at Craft Heinz