Embrace Diversity, Be an Ally: Inclusivity in the Workplace

by | Jun 30, 2023 | other

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Diversity in the workplace. We need to do more.


As pride month draws to an end for another year, it’s worth reflecting: UK companies have come a long way, but there’s every reason to do more.  

LGBTQ+ employees who work in supportive environments are 2.4 times more likely to be engaged at work and 1.5 times more likely to be satisfied with their jobs. 

However, despite those stats, support for LGBTQ+ employees is not universal. And while we mighty consider that we’ve made great strides in the UK, it’s easy to forget that not everyone feels as supported as they could or should be. 

Before diving into what support looks like and practical steps that companies can take, here’s some more stats that might focus your mind: 


Bringing the best out of your people 

LGBTQ employees who work in supportive environments are more likely to: 

  • Stay with their current employer for longer periods of time 
  • Recommend their employer to others as a good place to work
  • Are more productive at work 
  • Be more likely to speak up about their ideas 
  • Be more likely to take on new challenges 
  • Companies in the top quartile for LGBTQ+ equality are 1.4 times more likely to have above-average financial performance
  • Companies with more diverse leadership teams are 25% more likely to outperform their industry peers.

It’s clear that by fostering an inclusive workplace culture, organisations provide a safe and supportive space for LGBTQ+ employees to thrive and contribute their unique perspectives. This support can take the form of implementing inclusive policies, offering LGBTQ+ inclusive benefits, providing training on LGBTQ+ issues, and creating affinity groups or employee resource networks. By championing diversity and supporting the LGBTQ+ community, workplaces can cultivate an atmosphere of respect, understanding, and empowerment, ultimately fostering the well-being and success of all employees.



An inclusive approach is better for people and better for business

Upholding diversity and cultivating an inclusive workplace culture can have a profound impact on a company’s reputation and brand image. Embracing diversity positions organisations as progressive, forward-thinking, and socially responsible, thereby elevating their standing in the eyes of customers, investors, and partners who value these principles. By prioritising diversity, companies not only attract like-minded individuals but also establish a reputation that resonates with the broader community, ultimately enhancing their brand image and leaving a lasting positive impression. 

Empathetic organisations recognise the value of a broader talent pool and the recruitment advantages that come with embracing diversity. By embracing individuals from diverse backgrounds, companies open their doors to a wider array of skills, experiences, and perspectives. Moreover, fostering a culture of inclusion and empathy attracts top talent, as individuals are drawn to organisations that prioritise diversity and provide an environment where everyone feels valued and respected. 


How you can be a good ally

Becoming an ally for the LGBTQ+ community is helped by the following steps.



If you want to be a good ally, a good place to start is by educating yourself about the experiences, challenges, and history of the LGBTQ+ community, gaining insight into diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and the issues they face. Relying solely on LGBTQ co-workers for information can be burdensome and uncomfortable for them, as they may frequently face inquiries that are personal or intrusive. Showing respect and sensitivity by independently educating yourself demonstrates a commitment to equality and supports a more inclusive workplace where everyone can feel valued and understood. 



Actively listen to LGBTQ+ individuals, honouring and valuing their lived experiences. Dedicate time to hear their stories, concerns, and perspectives without judgement or interruption. This listening process allows us to challenge biases, stereotypes, and misconceptions, fostering a more inclusive and accepting environment. It also provides an opportunity for LGBTQ+ individuals to be heard, validated, and empowered, promoting their well-being and contributing to the overall diversity and richness of our society. 


Use inclusive language and appropriate pronouns 

Utilise inclusive language and appropriate pronouns in order to create an inclusive and respectful environment for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or expression. It acknowledges and affirms people’s self-identified genders, validating their identities and experiences. Consciously avoid assumptions about people’s identities, remember not to jump to conclusions based on someone’s appearance or attire, and consistently respect and use individuals’ preferred pronouns, acknowledging the impact of your words. Options like ‘he/him’, ‘she/her’, and ‘they/them’ are commonly used. Alternative pronouns like ‘ze/zir/zirs’ offer more choices. 

Making mistakes is okay if it wasn’t intentional, and is followed swiftly by a genuine apology, and a willingness to learn.  


Take a stand against discrimination 

Take a stand against discrimination and prejudice whenever encountered. Challenge and confront instances of homophobia, transphobia, and other forms of discrimination. It requires courage and conviction to speak up and advocate for those who are marginalised or oppressed. By doing so, we signal our commitment to fairness, justice, and human rights.


Support LGBTQ+ organisations 

Demonstrate support by engaging with LGBTQ+ organisations, events, and causes. Supporting LGBTQ+ organisations is a tangible way to contribute to the advancement of LGBTQ+ rights, inclusion, and equality. These organisations play a vital role in advocating for LGBTQ+ individuals, providing resources, support, and education to the community and beyond. By donating funds, volunteering time, or participating in events and campaigns organised by LGBTQ+ organisations, we actively contribute to their efforts in creating positive change. 


By embracing these steps, you can become a valuable ally, contributing to the creation of a more inclusive and accepting society for all.
Remember, supporting diversity in the workplace goes beyond legal compliance; it reflects an ethical commitment to equal opportunities. By adhering to laws promoting diversity, organisations demonstrate their dedication to maintaining an ethical and socially responsible environment


Final Thoughts

Wishing you all a wonderful Pride Month! Let’s celebrate the beautiful diversity of the LGBTQ+ community, spreading love, acceptance, and equality not just during this special month, but throughout the year. We’ve made incredible progress, but let’s continue our journey towards a more inclusive and supportive world. Together, we can make a difference and create a future where everyone feels embraced, celebrated, and valued for who they are.  

Keep shining your rainbow colours!  


Nicola Comerford

As an analyst in the digital and marketing team I make sure our people and clients are communicated of all things embracent through our social platforms
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