November 27, 2019
(updated December 6, 2019)
Published by Dennis Velco
Many corporations and other employers who focus on LGBTQ Corporate Equality are actively seeking you to join their organization. They are working hard to develop and maintain an LGBTQ friendly workplace that celebrates diversity, inclusion. Many studies have proven that doing so helps the company thrive by increasing productivity, creative problem solving and its financial bottom line.
Add your LGBTQ professional profile on OutBüro (OutBuro.com) and complete it as much as possible to unlock all the online community features. Indicate your if you are passively or actively seeking a new job opportunity, your willingness to trave and your willingness to relocate. It makes it easy for recruiters to find just the candidate they are looking for – YOU.
When logged into your OutBüro account you will see your community navigation area in the right column.
Current Employment Status
1. Choose About to view your professional profile.
2. Scroll down to find the Current Employment Status area and then Click the Edit button.
3. Make the appropriate choices.
4. Click the blue Save button.
5. As with nearly every profile field, you have control over the level of visibility of each. The button label will display the current setting and by clicking it you may make a change if you desire. The choices are:
Public (non-logged-in site visitor may be able to see it although we require persons to be registered and logged in to view all areas of the community features)
Willingness to Relocate
Once on your profile About page via the steps above, scroll to find the Willingness to Relocate section, choose Edit, make your selection and click Save.
Willingness to Travel
Once on your profile About page via the steps above, scroll to find the Willingness to Travel section, choose Edit, make your selection and click Save.
Complete at least 50% of your profile fields to unlock all the site’s community features.
October 9, 2018
(updated June 18, 2019)
Published by Dennis Velco
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer employees still face workplace discrimination, harassment, and limitations on their career due to their sexuality. From this is common to experience mental distress caused by the employer and coworkers. The survey, conducted by YouGov and sponsored in part by Mercer, was published ahead of World Mental Health Day (October 10th) and shows LGBT people are disproportionately affected by mental health issues.
Nearly three-quarters of LGBT people have experienced mental health issues because of work according to the poll, commissioned by Business in the Community with HR firm Mercer, which found 72 percent of LGBT people have experienced various levels of mental distress as a result of work/work environment. that 20% of bisexual employees said they had hidden their identity (Creative Commons) Further the poll found that 26% of LGBT employees said they had hidden their identity at work in the last year because they were afraid of discrimination, it also found. For many, this causes them to remain in the closet and validated by the results show only 60 percent of LGBT employees feel comfortable being open about their sexual orientation at work, while 32 percent of managers have disguised that they are LGBT due to fear of discrimination. This is collaborated by a separate study by HRC showing that the majority of LGBT workers closeted on the job.
Check out these related studies that support some of the sources of the stress LGBT workers face:
This represented just a four percent drop from HRC’s 2008 Degrees of Equality report, which was created before Barack Obama’s presidency, before same-sex marriage was legalized across the US and before transgender rights became a prominent issue in the civil rights struggle.
53% said they had heard jokes about lesbian or gay people at every few months at work
20% queer employees reported to HRC that they had been told or had colleagues imply that they should dress in a more feminine or masculine manner.
Nearly 33% LGBT+ people said they had felt unhappy or depressed at work.
Black, Asian and minority ethnic LGBT employees are more than twice as likely as white employees to have experienced negativity from customers and clients (23 percent compared to 11 percent).
7% have been physically attacked by colleagues or customers in the last year, rising to 15 percent of Black, Asian and minority ethnic people, 20%of non-binary people
The research calls for employers to break the culture of silence that surrounds mental health and to invest in basic mental health literacy for all employees.
American everyday people attitudes have changed considerably in the last decade. The more comfortable LGBT people are coming out and being visible within the family, in their neighborhoods/communities and at work, the more others see them and get to know them. This removes the fear of “other” and “not like me”. I’ve had a saying for several years that is, “visibility leads to awareness and awareness leads to equality. In 2017, 63% of Americans said gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transgenders, and queers should be accepted by society according to a Pew Research Center survey. In 2006 only a razor-thin 51% of Americans stated they agreed with that statement. This change in attitudes by every day Americans may be the reason for the changes in corporate diversity and inclusion work culture. As of now, right about 89% of Fortune 500 companies have implemented company LGBTQ friendly and supportive policies prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation studies conducted by the Human Rights Campaign. However, even with these changing beliefs and attitudes, the local, state, federal laws have not yet caught up with the changing tide.