Supporting LGBTQ+ Employees: Employee Benefits

As a games business it’s crucial to ensure that all your employees have equal access to benefits, promotions, and development opportunities, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity…

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LGBTQ+ employees face unique challenges in the workplace, including discrimination, harassment, and limited access to support networks. Employers have a responsibility to create an inclusive work environment that recognises and supports the needs of all employees, including those who identify as LGBTQ+.

One way employers can ensure equal access to benefits and promotions is by implementing non-discriminatory policies that prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

This can include explicitly stating that discrimination based on these factors will not be tolerated and making sure that all job descriptions, recruitment materials, and other communications are inclusive and welcoming to LGBTQ+ candidates.

Employers should also consider offering gender-neutral bathrooms and changing facilities, as well as ensuring that medical and health insurance plans provide equal coverage for LGBTQ+ employees and their partners.

In addition, employers can take steps to create development and advancement opportunities for LGBTQ+ employees.

This includes offering mentorship and networking opportunities, as well as ensuring that LGBTQ+ employees have equal access to training and development programs.

Employers should also consider creating employee resource groups or affinity networks for LGBTQ+ employees to provide a safe and supportive space for networking and professional development.

Employers should also make reasonable accommodations for any special needs related to an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity. For example, this could include allowing an employee to use a preferred name or pronoun, or providing a private space for an employee to express their gender identity. Employers should also ensure that LGBTQ+ employees feel comfortable reporting any incidents of discrimination or harassment, and take steps to investigate and address any complaints promptly and effectively.

Finally, employers should prioritise ongoing education and training for all employees to promote awareness and understanding of LGBTQ+ issues. This can include training on inclusive language, cultural competency, and how to be an ally for LGBTQ+ employees.

Employers can also consider partnering with LGBTQ+ organisations or advocacy groups to provide additional resources and support for employees.

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