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LGBTQ Corporate Equality Overview

LGBTQ corporate equality is the fair and equal treatment of LGBTQ employees by their employers. It can also be more broadly called LGBTQ workplace equality to be inclusive of all employer types. It is achieved when LGBTQ employees are able to access and enjoy the same rewards, resources, and opportunities without regard to sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Many studies around the world have clearly demonstrated the benefit of supporting LGBTQ corporate equality.  In summary, the studies demonstrate that championing LGBTQ workplace equality improves employee morale, increases productivity, improves LGBTQ employee and customer loyalty, employee engagement, increased creativity and problem solving and team/customer/client interaction all leading to a proven increase in the financial performance of the organization. Also, see “What is LGBTQ Corporate Equality“.

Most western countries worldwide have made significant progress towards LGBTQ equality in recent decades. However, not enough. For example, as the writing of this article, the United States is still a patchwork at the state level where half the state does not offer full legal protection for their LGBTQ citizens.  A study from the University of Surrey found that LGBT people less likely to be hired, paid less, and not promoted.

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LGBTQ Corporate Equality Indexes

The concept was spurred by several LGBTQ rights organizations seeing that government laws to protect LGBTQ persons at work and beyond were not moving at the desired pace. Led by the USA there are several others around the globe who model themselves after the US index. These organizations decided to focus on primarily large fortune 1000 level corporations to provide guidance and scoring index of those companies’ LGBTQ friendly policies, benefits and business practices such as having the following in place:

  • Sexual orientation non-discrimination
  • Gender Identity and Gender Expression non-discrimination
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Transgender inclusive healthcare benefits
  • LGBTQ awareness education for all employees
  • Requiring the same level of policies and benefits in vendors/contractors
  • LGBTQ employee resource group
  • Proactive LGBTQ candidate recruiting

There are some pros and cons to such rating indexes. The primary ones are they are limited to only Fortune 1000 usually and are self-reported with no employee input about the actual work environment and work culture. Check out “LGBTQ Corporate Equality Ratings – A New Approach for All Employers“. For any employer wishing to start or enhance their current LGBTQ workplace equality efforts check out “6 Steps – Enhance LGBT Workplace Equality

Does Implementing LGBTQ workplace equality have a cost?

Sure there is some employer expense in providing equal benefits. As mentioned above the organization will benefit financially which will offset those costs. Again, many studies around the world have clearly demonstrated the benefit of doing so. It is also is a risk mitigation by creating a welcoming environment with clear non-discrimination policies thus reducing the opportunity of future LGBTQ discrimination and harassment lawsuits. Simply, it’s the right thing to do.

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OutBüro Launches LGBTQ Virtual Career Fairs

We are super stoked! OutBüro launches virtual career fairs focused on helping LGBTQ professionals advance their careers with LGBTQ friendly employers who are committed to LGBTQ corporate equality. We currently have 12 virtual career fairs planned in the first half of 2020. Check them out.

Are you actively looking for an LGBTQ friendly employer or passively open to new career opportunities? The new OutBüro virtual career fairs are for you.

While reviewing technology partners to bring this exciting service to the LGBTQ community every single potential solution partner stated, “I’ve been in this industry a very long time and I have never heard of any other LGBTQ focused virtual career fair. This is the first”. Additionally in chatting with recruiters and human resource directors, so far they have made similar comments. Further, each one so far as stated they are excited about this new approach to finding great new talent who happen to be LGBTQ.

Create your professional profile on www.OutBuro.com today so that recruiters can find you, knowing they are seeking quality LGBTQ candidates!

The OutBüro virtual career fair platform is intuitive and mobile-friendly making it possible for you as the job seeker to even participate while on your lunch break. In addition to interacting with employer recruiters via text chat, the recruiters may invite you to a one-on-one video chat. So please be dressed appropriately – even if just from the waist up. LOL Be in a quiet setting without lots of distractions.

Job seekers check out:

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Once you complete your virtual career fair profile, it will be usable in all future OutBüro virtual career fairs you participate in it. You may update your information at any time.

Employers, learn more about the OutBüro virtual career fairs focused on assisting your organization with its diversity and inclusion recruitment marketing to attract quality candidates who happen to identify as LGBTQ:

OutBüro’s mission is to connect the world’s LGBTQ employees, professionals, and entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow in their careers and grow their companies. We strive to connect companies and organizations that support LGBTQ Corporate Equality with quality candidates while providing a voice and insight into workplace culture and LGBT workplace issues.

Employers also check out:

Employers contact us to discuss your needs, targets and learn more about how we may collaborate to help you attract quality LGBTQ candidates.

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Gay Marketing Association Names OutBuro as 2020 Business of the Year for LGBTQ Corporate Equality

On December 30, 2019, the Gay Marketing Association awarded OutBuro the 2020 Business of the Year for LGBTQ Corporate Equality.

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Gay Marketing Association proudly awards the GMA 2020 Business of the Year Award: LGBTQ Corporate Equality to OutBüro!

Why this matters to us: LGBTQ workplace equality is especially important for the founder of Gay Marketing Association, Will Senn, who was previously terminated for coming out as gay at work and created a group he always wanted with Gay Marketing Association.

How does Outbüro most contribute to the LGBTQ community?

Recently, Fabrice Houdart, a top Human Rights Advocate for the United Nations publicly said via a posting on LinkedIn, ”This (Outbüro) is fascinating and much more aligned with the UN’s Global LGBTQ Standards for Business than most (any) indexes! (LGBTQ Corporate Equality Indexes)”.

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Outbüro’s mission is to connect the world’s LGBTQ employees, professionals, and entrepreneurs with opportunities to grow in their careers and grow their companies. We strive to connect companies and organizations that support LGBTQ Corporate Equality with quality candidates while providing a voice and insight into workplace culture and LGBT workplace issues.

LGBTQ employees ratings/reviewing their employers to improve LGBTQ Corporate Equality, and impact the economic growth of individuals and the LGBTQ community as a whole. It also provides a LinkedIn-style professional online community. Employers of any size, any type and anywhere in the world may participate leveraging the employer branding to convey in a consolidated platform all they do for their employees, clients/customer and the community. They also may utilize the site as a review/rating monitoring and interaction platform to stay abreast of what LGBTQ current and former verified employees think of them as an employer.

How does Outbüro feel about winning the GMA 2020 Business of the Year Award for LGBTQ Workplace Equality?

I am honored to be nominated and receive the recognition of this award. I started the first LinkedIn Group for LGBTQ professionals and entrepreneurs 12 years ago 100% voluntarily. After I began working to build Outbüro (www.OutBuro.com) I branded the LinkedIn group as a service of Outbüro.

I am so grateful that the community, including the Gay Marketing Association, is starting to take notice. Not for me, but for the entire LGBTQ community. Outbüro is where you belong and your voice matters.

Do you have any exciting plans for Outbüro in 2020? How will the organization expand?

Like most businesses, we had some early hurdles to overcome. Outbüro around 6 months behind where I wanted to be. So I am considering 2018-19 a soft launch and January 2020 it’s official launch.

So our exciting plans for 2020 is to be 100% fully functional by the end of January. There is just a small part to reach that. Then to start aggressively reaching out to employers of all types and sizes to join.

We will be expanding our grassroots marketing to attract more LGBTQ professionals and entrepreneurs to leverage the employer ratings/review platform where verified current and recent past employees may anonymously rate their employer on not only LGBTQ focused topics such as discrimination and harassment, but also general areas such as how happy are you to go to work each day, effectiveness of meetings and more. It is a tool to provide employers the accolades for supporting LGBTQ workplace equality. Posted ratings and review provides LGBTQ job seekers the information they need to find their next amazing employer.

Additionally, Outbüro is launching LGBTQ Virtual Career fairs bringing LGBTQ friendly employers together with quality LGBTQ candidates. Although not only a job site, we believe this will create a great value proposition for employers to get on board and LGBTQ professionals to join the site. The first 12 planned virtual career fairs are already listed on the site – easily found in the top navigation menu.

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LGBTQ Corporate Equality – Proactively List Your Political Donations

Does your company donate to Pro-LGBT and anti-LGBT politicians at any level of government from city, county, state/region to federal/national? Utilize www.OutBuro.com as your employer branding platform to proactively list your political donations with a brief reasoning why it was important to the company. We don’t always agree with every political stance of a politician and in life and business sometimes has to interact with persons or organizations who may not share 100% of our own views.

Politicians who are known to be anti-LGBTQ may be in a position that s/he is still important to the company and its ability to grow and thrive. By being proactive and annotating it on your OutBüro LGBTQ Employer Branding record you are getting ahead of the conversation before LGBTQ organizations and journalists report about you negatively. Provide a full record annotating everything that you do for your LGBT employees and the community so that it is easy to see how great of an employer you are. Be proactive. We want you to shine.

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See the Support page for all currently available site user guides.

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Rate/Review Your Employer as an LGBTQ Employee – LGBTQ Corporate Equality

Did you know not a single LGBTQ corporate equality index around the world takes YOUR voice as the LGBT employee into account? That is why on www.OutBuro.com it is so important for you to rate/review your employer to provide them an LGBTQ Corporate/Workplace Equality rating that is based on what YOU say, the employee, because YOUR voice matters. Join the site at no cost and if your current or recent past employer is not already on the site you may add them also at no cost.

Employers may claim/add their listing. Their annual subscription is based on the total number of employees. It is very affordable for small businesses and competitively priced for large.

See the Support page for all currently available user guides.

LGBTQ Employer Rating/Reviews Overview [Video]

Employer Ratings/Reviews Guidelines

Steps to Rate Your Employer as an LGBT Employee

Steps to Add Your Employer Company to OutBüro

Below are a few screenshots of the Employer Rating/Review entry screens – not 100% here. See support user guides for a detailed overview if needed.

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Are you an employer with LGBTQ employees? OutBüro is for any employer type, any size and anywhere in the world. Utilize it as an employer branding and ratings/review monitoring tool to demonstrate all that you do for your LGBTQ employees, clients, and customers in a single consolidated platform. Engage, attract and demonstrate how great your organization is in all that you do.

Indicate the number of employees you have total and how many are known to be out as LGBTQ, in addition, add who is the highest-ranking LGBTQ employee in your organization. Numerous studies have clearly demonstrated when an organization fully embraces LGBTQ Corporate Equality they improve their financial bottom line due to many factors. Clean or add your employer branding record on www.OutBuro.com today.

Watch this video to learn more – LGBTQ Employer Listing Overview [Video]

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First, register for a free professional account and complete your profile. See the Support page for instructions as needed. Links provided below to get you started.

Steps to Claim Employer Listing on OutBüro

Steps to Add an Employer Listing by Authorized Person

Steps to Manage Your Employer Company Listing on OutBüro

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LGBTQ Corporate Equality Focused Employers Want to Hire You

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.

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2. Scroll down to find the Current Employment Status area and then Click the Edit button.

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3. Make the appropriate choices.

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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)
  • Site Members
  • Friends Only
  • Only Me
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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.

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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.

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Complete at least 50% of your profile fields to unlock all the site’s community features.

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LGBTQ Corporate Equality Employer Branding & Reviews Monitoring

Any employer. Any size. Anywhere in the world. YOUR voice for LGBTQ corporate equality.

This is a transcript of the video and slightly edited for clarity in text form. The text is in the order of the discussion dialog, which is not exactly in the best structure of article content writing. You know, I said “you know” about 1,000 times in the video so I edited those out in the text to make it cleaner, ya know. LOL.

Introduction

Hi, I’m Dennis Velco founder and CEO of OutBüro as well as founder and moderator of OutBüro on LinkedIn that’s been running around for 11 and a half years. As of the time of this video recording (July 2019) the OutBüro on LinkedIn group has over 46,300 Global members. I am very proud of that. I built that (OutBüro on LinkedIn) 100% voluntarily on my time and my funds. There has been barely a handful of days over the last 11 years where I have not been actively working inside of that LinkedIn group to hone it and make sure that it stays on course. That is why it has a high amount of engagement and participation.

Any employer. Any size.

You are tuning into this likely because you are an employer of some type. You are either an entrepreneur or company/organization and you’re wondering, what is OutBüro and what can it do for me and our company/organization? Maybe you have a couple of employees say, you know, 15-16 employees or you’re an employer of 500, 1000, 5000 or 200,000+. That is a key thing about OutBüro, it is for all employers and all types of employers.

You are tuning into this likely because you are an employer of some type. You are either an entrepreneur or company/organization and you’re wondering, what is OutBüro and what can it do for me and our company/organization? Maybe you have a couple of employees say, you know, 15-16 employees or you’re an employer of 500, 1000, 5000 or 200,000+. That is a key thing about OutBüro, it is for all employers and all types of employers.

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So let me clarify that for you. And by the way, I’m going to talk more about the actual features for you as an employer and having your listing on OutBüro in the next video. So I’m going to try really really, really, really hard not to get into the nitty gritties of features in this particular video here.

What’s the name OutBüro about?

OutBüro is pronounced just like “out bureau”. Büro with the umlaut, which is the two dots, is German meaning office. So “out office” also, of course, hearing the words “out büro” you can think of newsdesk reporting and so forth. So I wanted, an English / American word as well as a more European based word. I happen to have lived in Germany serving in the US Military (Army) and as a US Department of Defense civilian for five and a half years. That’s why I chose that word. Also, it is a nice, short and sweet URL so that you can type it very quickly and get to it.

Back to the who

So getting back to who it’s for – it is for any employer any size anywhere in the world. So let’s talk about for first types of employers. Okay, so you could be a for-profit entity of any size, again one-three people all the way to a huge organization with 200, 250, 300 thousand employees globally. The platform as it grows and adapts will be trying to fit all different levels. We’ll be honing it to try to tailor the interface based on the size of company/organization as well as we move forward.

Tech issues addressed – focused on building value

It’s a fairly new site in that it’s about a year and a half old. Recently we overcame some technical difficulties that I was having (not being a “real developer myself) and had to bring in a web applications developer earlier this year to assist. Since those issues were solved, over the last three months (as of this taping) we have been focused on honing the site toward its vision. We’ve been zeroing in on getting it down to something of value for both the employees as well as the employers. Hopefully, after this dialogue and learning a little bit more in the next video, you will hear an overview of the current set of features for you as an employer. My goal for this video is to convey its intent and value.

Feedback welcomed

I’m always open to constructive feedback on how to make it more useful and beneficial for you. So when you’re reviewing it adding your Employer listing, if you have ideas and you think things should be done this way or that way or added additional fields for input and so forth please let me know. Contact me through our support contact form. Once you get to know me a little bit, shoot me a direct email and let me know what your thoughts are providing the constructive feedback for us to make a make the system more effective for you because it’s for you.

For LGBTQ employees and employers

It’s predominantly geared for the LGBTQ employees as in information service and for companies/organizations as an LGBTQ employer branding and review monitoring system. [Lamp flickers] Okay, and I’m sorry about that. The light keeps flickering. It’s a little distracting for me. But I don’t want to turn it off. Hopefully, just laugh at it or something.

So as an employer, again getting back to that, you can be a for-profit company. You can be a sole proprietor. You can be a non-profit. You can be a political action committee (PAC). That’s what we call here in the United States a political action committee. You can be a government entity federal/national, state/province, county/regions or city/town level government and so forth.

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Within that for example, I happen to live in the Fort Lauderdale area. So I’ve already added the City of Fort Lauderdale. I’ll be adding the police department and Fire Department too along with the education department and so forth.

So think about that and think about all the potential employees out there who are affected. So any organization of any size and any type as well also anywhere on the planet. OutBüro is not limited to the United States or to England, India, Australia, or Japan. It’s everywhere. Some of our future features will be making it multilingual as well. I’m going to try not to get into features. I have a really bad habit of doing that.

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Why is this important?

So just a little bit about the why. How did this come to be? And why is it important for me, important for you, and your employees? There are several, employers / corporate equality indexes around the globe. From what I have seen and from what I have gathered through various sources my perception is, and I don’t believe I am incorrect and I happily accept additional information, but they are all focused for the most part on the Fortune 1000 level. Obviously, I would love for all of the Global Fortune 1000 level organizations to join and participate OutBüro and be rated by their employees.

Current corporate equality indexes narrow in scope

Here’s the thing, just looking at the United States where I live Fortune 1000 level companies employ approximately eight percent of the United States’ population. What about the other ninety-two percent, right? Granted, I understand why those entities have taken on and focused on the Fortune 1000. I understand. I truly do. Because it is when politics and laws are not moving fast enough, you can still create, protections and so forth for people through their employer. I get that totally 100% and I applaud all of those organizations out there who have been working with the Fortune 1000 because I know it is not easy. My past clients for 13 years was Fortune 1000 level and I consulted on change in processes in and around taking old processes to new processes and then implementing the systems to support those new processes. I totally understand how difficult that that is. But at the same time, focusing for 5, 6 and 10 years on only the fortune 1000 has left 92 plus percent of not only the US population but even more across the globe kind of just out there floating. Who’s paying attention to them and that’s where OutBüro, and I in creating OutBüro predominantly have seen the opportunity. That there’s a huge vast void of an opportunity for all employers to be able to share what they doing the realm of LGBT inclusivity and creating a welcoming and belonging environment.

“(OutBüro) is fascinating and much more aligned with the UN’s Global LGBTI Standards for Business than most indexes! – Fabrice Houdart – Human Rights Officer @UN” user=”OutBuro” hashtags=”#LGBTQ #WorkPlaceEquality #CorporateEquality”
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Small businesses can shine as LGBTQ inclusive too

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One of the things I like to share and I use it as an example pretty often is while I was living in Clearwater, Florida, there was a small Mexican baker about two blocks from where I lived. I loved their pastries. They were absolutely phenomenal. So I went there about once a week and got friendly with some of the staff. One of the staff was clearly gay – flamboyant. You could tell, you could just tell, that he loved his job. He absolutely loved everyone that he worked with they loved him. There’s nothing at all wrong with that. They probably employed, in and around 12-13 people or so. A company of that size probably didn’t have an official non-discrimination policy. They most likely didn’t have transgender-inclusive health care benefits and so forth. So, under the current equality measurements, they would be dismally scored. They’d be like zero even if they responded to the surveys – but they’d never be included due to their size. At OutBüro yes, we want you to have those policies, procedures and benefits and all of that stuff especially as you’re a larger organization, but, you know even small companies even though they don’t have those in place they can still be an incredible place for an LGBTQ employee to go to work and thrive. On OutBüro that employee can add that employer for at no cost (with limited features), that employer may claim their listing or add their listing themselves and take advantage of all the features and still have a positive employee based review on OutBüro.

A little background

So clarifying a little bit about why and how. As I mentioned over 11 years ago, I started the first LGBTQ group on LinkedIn and that was before they had the blue button to for anyone to start a group. It didn’t exist. I actually contacted LinkedIn customer support and had about two weeks worth of email exchange with them. I basically volunteered to moderate the group and they agreed and started it. As agreed they assigned me as the moderator.

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Also for several years, I have been involved at least in a passive capacity and most recently with OutBüro, starting to post in about five or six groups on LinkedIn for diversity and inclusion professionals. These groups represent, I’m sure there’s some member overlap there in the various groups, but they represent in and around 60,000 diversity and inclusion professionals around the globe. So between the OutBüro on LinkedIn LGBTQ professional group and the diversity and inclusion groups, I get a lot of information.

Group members reach out for advice

Over the years I’ve had individual people contact me a couple of times a month asking me for help, advice and so forth. All of that ranges from people seeking asylum and how do they go about it. Business owners both in the United States and around the world will contact me for information, about seeking funding for their business. I’ve also have had people contact me and say, how they work for such and such company. Then when they (the company) reached the 100% score on a current corporate equality index management backs off funding, all the top management who were so focused on that now is off on the next big project/initiative. I get that but it left the employees feeling a little disenfranchised. It caused them concern and to question WTF happened? As a company, many take two steps forward then one step back, two steps forward again and one step back. We all do it. We grow and we make mistakes. So I also want to be very very clear, I don’t expect any business/corporation/organization to be perfect. I’m not perfect. How can I expect you to be perfect? We’re human and businesses/corporations/organizations are made of humans.

US Supreme Court and LGBTQ workplace-corporate equality

So that gets me to the next point as to why OutBüro is so important. Coming up here in December of 2019 there is a US Supreme Court case about LGBTQ protections from employment discrimination. They are supposed to hear that case and possibly vote. I hope they’ll vote positively on this making LGBT discrimination in the workplace across the entire United States illegal. Wonderful. I hope it happens. Currently, in the United States, LGBTQ protection laws are spotty leaving 50% of US LGBTQ vulnerable to legal discrimination.

Sexual harassment and LGBTQ corporate equality

To remind you we have had sexual harassment laws on the federal books since 1978. Most states followed within one to two years of that. If you employ more than say 500 people your organization it likely has a sexual-harassment policy. You likely have anti-sexual harassment training and you likely every year require your employees to sign off affirming awareness. Whether it’s electronic or on paper that they know that sexual harassment will not be tolerated in the workplace. Okay, however, turn on the news almost weekly. It’s really sad how many cases of sexual harassment right here in the United States, almost on a weekly basis, makes prime news. Now if sexual harassment has been illegal for 40 years and almost every call it at least 80% of all employers in the United States has all of those policies and procedures – laws, policies, training, procedures and all that has been going on for 40 years. How come that’s happening?

they found that:

81% of women in the United States experienced workplace sexual harassment according to a 2018 NPR survey
According to a 2018 NPR survey, 43% of men had experienced some form of workplace sexual harassment during their lifetime.

So by that example, it is clear that laws, policies, training, and procedures are not 100% effective at eradicating sexual harassment.

Although having these LGBTQ policies and benefits are absolutely amazing. I applaud you for having them. However, if we just take sexual harassment and the 40 years since that was enacted as an example then it’s going to be decades for full LGBTQ corporate equality. I hope it won’t be that long and I hope OutBüro will be a mechanism to help speed up the process of true LGBTQ corporate equality where LGBTQ employees will feel welcomed, safe and protected in their workplace in the US and everywhere in the world.

Employees have deeply rooted learned prejudices

Let’s say you’re an organization of 10,000 employees. Wow, that’s a lot of people right? If you’re an organization of 50,000 or 100,000 or more just think of the complexities. Here is the thing. You’re employing people. People come with lifelong learned ingrained mindset learned from their parents and their environment. So when they come to work, you might have all these fantastic, policies, benefits, training and specifically LGBT sensitivity training and so forth, but you’re trying to unlearn deeply rooted engrained attitudes. You’re trying to take those employees and erase a lifetime of learned prejudices. That’s really tough. People just don’t switch that off after a mandatory once a year one hour LGBTQ sensitivity training.

Just like when sometimes people will say, “Oh, I’m not racist“. But then you hear the next thing out of their mouth five minutes later. It’s like that or they would never do sexual harassment, but then something falls out of their mouth that makes you go. “Wow. I just can’t believe you said that.” I understand you are working on LGBTQ corporate equality and striving to create a welcoming environment I applaud you because you have a very very tough job. You are trying to create the precedent and the intention of the company, but you have all these people who work for you who bring their discrimination from their learned prejudices and all their baggage to work with them. You are asking and training them and hopefully giving them enough negative incentive that they’re going to realize they need to clamp it. Keep it shut. Keep it to themselves or walk out the door. It’s tough.

OutBüro employer branding timely feedback tool

OutBüro can be a mechanism for you to get timely and frequent feedback. I need to move forward because I’ve already been doing about 22 minutes here, but I wanted you to understand that I understand and I get it’s a tough job. So let’s talk about how you can utilize OutBüro with all that information to benefit your LGBTQ corporate equality efforts.

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Customer branding too

Okay, let’s get started on employer branding. What you’re going to see in the next video as we break down is a discussion about the features. OutBüro is a platform where you may consolidate all of your branding messages to your LGBTQ current and prospective employees. Also as a ratings/review site, your customers may also see the content and ratings/reviews. There’s one company added to the site about a month ago that is an online retail company. And all of a sudden recently their listing is receiving like they’re it’s like 5-7 hits a day. Right now that is a lot. I was curious about that. I think it’s because people are coming to OutBüro because they are an online retailer and I think it’s potential customers looking for reviews about that company – [based on web analytics].

LGBTQ employer-corporate rating monitoring

As employees start rating that company for their workplace-corporate equality from the employee perspective current and potential clients/customers are also going to see those ratings. People like to do business with (and shop/purchase from) companies that they can identify with and feel good about. Having a presence on OutBüro and putting your best foot forward on OutBüro not only can be beneficial in your employer branding, but it also can be beneficial in your client/customer marketing and branding as well.

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For employers, OutBüro employer branding is one of the main site feature and benefit. It’s also employer review monitoring. As an employer, you won’t be able to edit what a reviewer says but you’ll be able to flag it for a potential administrative review if for some reason you feel a review/rating needs to be brought to our attention for potential moderation. You will be able to after claiming or adding your Employer listing you are in control of the content that is representing your company. You will have a contact record and also will be able to anonymously interact with the raters/reviewers

Timely LGBTQ employer review/rating insight

OutBüro can be a timely pulse on your state of LGBT inclusivity. The reason I say it’s a timely pulse is that once someone posts a review/rating <<BAM>>, it’s instantaneously online. Additionally, an employee reviewer/rater may post a review/rating every 4 months on their own unique timeline.

So let’s say you’re a company/organization of 100,000 employees for simple math sakes. Let’s say 10% of your employee base is LGBTQ, heteroflexible and so forth whether they’re out at work or not. so 10% of 100,000 is 10,000 LGBTQ+ employees. Each of those employees come on board OutBüro partly from you make it known that your company/organization/government/corporation/non-profit/PAC, etc, has claimed/added your Employer listing on OutBüro. Although you don’t incentivize them to leave you a review/rating you make it known you are on OutBüro and you embrace feedback and hope that they will review/rate you in whatever capacity that they see fit. So as each employee begins rating/reviewing you potentially as frequently as every 4 months as your company makes improvements or falls (has an incident). You’re going to see your OutBüro score go potentially up or down based on that immediately and continuously. So it’s a timely pulse for you.

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LGBTQ candidate active recruiting

With OutBüro’s employer branding you are able to demonstrate your active recruiting of LGBT employees/candidates/job seekers. Even other LGBTQ workplace/corporate equality indexes around the globe are wanting to see that you are actively recruiting LGBTQ candidates. Social prove it by linking to the job/career fairs you participate in, show your LGBTQ employee testimonials, and link to the LinkedIn profiles of company recruiters focused on LGBTQ candidate/job seeker recruiting.

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Social proof of your LGBTQ diversity and inclusion efforts

You’re also able to show off and consolidate your LGBT diversity inclusion messaging as I mentioned earlier by linking/social proving. It’s not you just saying that you have a transgender-inclusive health care benefits for example, but actually linking to your website where that is stated publicly. And so most of the fields on OutBüro you are able to leverage social proof. This is very important because again it’s not just you saying it or it’s not just some report saying that you have it. You are proving it.

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Pro-LGBTQ and anti-LGBTQ political contributions disclosure

Also on OutBüro, you’re able to annotate your political contributions at a city, county/region state/province and a national/federal level. Very important that both your political contributions to known pro-LGBTQ political candidates or currently in office political folks as well as anti-LGBTQ politicians. Not only indicate that you do donate but you may explain why it was important to your business/organization to do so. We know that sometimes you have to do business with and/or “grease the palm” of politicians that you really don’t necessarily agree with all of their stances on every issue. But because of the position that they’re in such as a chairperson of particular committees, you have to deal with them. All right, it’s okay. We all have to deal with people that we don’t like or we would rather not. But we have to because of our job, company/organization needs. Just give a proactive statement on OutBüro as to why that was important to the company and how that benefits your organization and then therefore how it benefits your employees and your customers.

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So, you know, I’m not here to beat you up over donating two and a half million dollars to anti-LGBTQ US congress members AT&T. I know they’re probably sitting on or chairs of committees that affect your business. Okay, you can’t control that that person is still in a position of power and influence. You have to do it. I get it. But then you also now have the opportunity to proactively briefly explain yourself on o OutBüro. Annotate it right next to the positive things that you are doing and the entire record is about the positive and the balance. It’s just reality. None of us can just deal with unicorns and rainbows our entire career/business life and be successful. Sometimes we have to deal with companies/organizations, politicians, people and entities that don’t always follow our own core values, but we still got a deal with them. All right, so just explain it proactively on OutBüro as your space to do that. I recommend that you do it as soon as you know that those donations are happening. Come to your OutBüro Employer listing and make a statement here. Get in front of the conversation before all the reporters and LGBTQ rights activists try to rip you apart. You then say, “Oh I/we have already disclosed that on OutBüro.

LGBTQ inclusive marketing social proof

As part of your LGBTQ employer branding on OutBüro, we also have the ability and want you to include demonstrating your LGBTQ inclusive marketing naturally with social proof. That is the company/organization’s customer-facing marketing. It allows you to indicate the months in which your LGBTQ inclusive market is active. Social prove it by providing links to, videos, websites and uploading images so that a whole picture is seen in a consolidated view.

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Bi-directional sponsor and sponsors indication

LGBTQ Own Business and Non-Profit Support/SponsorshipOn OutBüro you may indicate what LGBTQ owned businesses and non-profits you support and sponsor. Then also who sponsors you perhaps you’re a small organization like some friends of mine, Debt-free Guys. They run a personal finance blog for the LGBT community. They are sponsored by some outstanding financial institutions like Prudential, MassMutual, and CaptialOne. Thank you for that. And so those organizations can indicate that they sponsor the Debt-free Guys. Then on Debt-free Guys record, they can indicate who sponsors them. So it’s a cross-reference opportunity that it kind of a little bit of a check and balance there. So that goes both ways.

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Seeking Funding and Funding Available

You’re able to indicate whether if you are an organization seeking funding there are multiple types of funding to indicate you are interested in. I’m going to get in the features later and the next video different kinds of funding that you’re seeking grants loans venture capital., etc.

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As an organization, if you have funding, grants, provide small business loans, sponsorships, donations, are an investor, etc. I’ll talk about that next but on both sides of the fence whether you need or seeking funding or whether you have funding available you’re able to indicate that on your Employer listing record.

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We’ll be adding search features so that if you’re an organization, you could search for a new nonprofit or new small business to support and vice versa if your nonprofit or a small business looking for funding you can then search organizations that have it available

As mention above, indicating who sponsors your company/business/organization is both saying thank you and also helping that organization demonstrate their LGBTQ community support. W

LGBTQ employer reviews monitoring

You’re able to flag reviews if something comes up that you feel needs moderation. We do have employer ratings/reviews guidelines and if you’d like to look at the employee-focused video that I did about posting ratings/reviews. Together they cover the do’s and don’ts and the whys and the how’s and so forth.

There are incredible benefits to being LGBTQ inclusive and welcoming. Not only are you providing a welcoming space for your employees, but there are also many studies about this I wrote about. Organizations no matter what size they are who focus on inclusivity and creating a welcoming space for all their employees, magic and miracles begin to happen because people are able to bring their authentic self to work. They are able to feel that their ideas are welcomed that they don’t have to hold anything back. Communication is improved when you have happy employees. Happy employees create a positive experience for your customers and your clients. You then get repeat business that leads to more money. That is more money in your pocket or more money for your shareholders. Everybody wins. So it’s a lovefest.

No one and no organization is perfect. Learn, adapt and improve.

Focus on LGBTQ workplace and corporate equality utilizing the OutBüro platform to help you get the to your message out in a consolidated platform. Receive that employee provided feedback rating/review as a timely pulse on how you’re doing, learn, adapt and improve. Remember you’re not perfect. I’m not perfect. Your organization isn’t perfect. We all make mistakes. We all make blunders we make errors. That is not what defines us. It’s not what defines me it is not what defines you. It is what we do with that.

OutBüro pricing and value

Let’s talk a little bit about value right here, OutBüro is priced on an annual subscription basis based on the total number of employees. To send our LinkedIn group of 46,000+ global members via LinkedIn’s marketing platform it would cost over $23,000 no matter the size of your organization. OutBüro provides so much more ways to communicate your employer brand to our current and growing LGBTQ professional target audience.

For an organization over 30,000 employees, OutBüro is about half that LinkedIn one-shot price. On OutBüro could build and consolidate your entire LGBTQ employer branding and get all the benefits that are associated for example posting regular articles on the site. So it’s not just about your listing when you are a subscriber you also then can post content. Posting content could be employee features, it could be highlighting a customer, it could be highlighting you at Pride somewhere, quarterly updates on your efforts, OR the quarterly activities of your LGBTQ employee resource group.

The field is open on what you can post but want it to remain, LGBTQ centric. For example, if you work for NASA please don’t post your new rocket system and its propulsion capabilities, unless highlighting LGBTQ employees on the project.

Ratings/reviews will happen. Get in front and shine.

Remember, any current or recent past (up to 5 years) employee may add your company/organization for free with limited feature and then rate/review you. You have no control or input over that. You may claim your employer listing if already present or add it if not already on OutBüro.

It’s your choice whether you are going to be proactive and take control of the conversation/your brand and join us and partnering to help you shine as much as possible understanding that blunders will happen. But it’s what we do with it that matters.

OutBüro Ambassador program

We have an ambassador program. Where if you as an organization, an individual or a company of any size, or a non-profit, or a political action committee (PAC), or a chamber of commerce, or Community Center anyone, anywhere may participate.

Let’s say you have contacts in the business world and you sign up for the OutBüro ambassador program- it is an affiliate marketing system. It is a very transparent system. You have the ability to earn a percentage of the annual subscriptions for those employers that you bring on board to OutBüro. It’s not just the first year. It’s every year that they maintain their subscriptions. So it’s a way to create an immediate income and residual income. So it’s great for organizations that are looking to supplement or increase their revenue.

Closing

Thank you so much for tuning in thus far and I hope you will join us. I’m a little I’m a little windy. I hope you can tell I’m just a plain person like you. I’m just trying to do something for my community that benefits the companies/organizations and LGBTQ employee of the world. But you know, hey, I have my issues too and one of them is I’m a bit chatty. So I’m going to end this now and we’ll see you in the next video talking more about the actual features on an employer listing. Thank you so much, and I look forward to getting to know you and your organization better as we move forward in the future. Thank you.