Supporting LGBTQ+ Employees: Providing A Safe & Inclusive Workplace

Creating a safe and inclusive workplace for LGBTQ+ employees is essential for any games business committed to diversity and inclusion. Here are some ways to create such an environment within you company…

Safe & Inclusive Workplace

Establish clear policies: Having clear policies that explicitly prohibit discrimination and harassment based on sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, and other LGBTQ+ identities is the first step in creating a safe and inclusive workplace. Make sure that these policies are communicated to all employees and that they understand their rights and responsibilities.

Provide inclusive benefits: Offering inclusive benefits such as healthcare coverage for same-sex partners and gender-affirming healthcare can help LGBTQ+ employees feel supported and valued. Additionally, offering paid leave for employees who are transitioning or who have a partner who is transitioning can also be beneficial.

Use inclusive language: Using inclusive language in all company communications, including job descriptions, employee handbooks, and company-wide emails, is an important way to create a more inclusive workplace. For example, using gender-neutral pronouns and avoiding assumptions about an employee’s sexual orientation or gender identity can help create a more welcoming environment.

Provide training: Providing training for all employees, including managers and supervisors, on LGBTQ+ issues can help create a more understanding and accepting workplace. This training can cover topics such as LGBTQ+ terminology, cultural competency, and how to address harassment or discrimination.

Celebrate diversity: Celebrating diversity and inclusivity within the workplace is important to creating a safe and welcoming environment. Hosting events, such as Pride celebrations, and creating employee resource groups for LGBTQ+ employees can help create a sense of community and belonging.

Address discrimination and harassment: It’s important to take all complaints of discrimination or harassment based on sexual orientation or gender identity seriously and to take prompt action to address them. Ensure that employees know how to report incidents and that investigations are conducted fairly and confidentially.

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