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How to Foster an LGBTQ-Friendly Workplace

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The whole world is much more aware of LGBTQ issues than we once were. But simply being aware of the problems isn’t always enough. There are several things that any business owner or manager can do to make their workplace more LGBTQ-friendly.

Make Respect a Core Component of Your Ethos

Every business should have a set of core principles that they stick to throughout their planning and strategizing. If you put respect for other people and groups at the heart of your business’s ethos, you should have no trouble reaching out to other groups and attracting them to your business. If you want to reach out to the LGBTQ community, you need to demonstrate that respect for other people is at the heart of your operations.

Lead by Example

If you want the people that work for you to adopt good habits and take on board what you tell them, you need to lead by example. If your workers see that inclusivity is important to you, they are much more likely to behave that way themselves.

Be Willing to Take a Stand

It can be hard to stick your head above the parapet and be the first person to advocate for something or someone. But we need people to take those initial stands if we want to make progress as a civilization. If you find yourself in a position where you have the option for sticking up for your LGBTQ workers and customers, you should try to do so. If they see that you are willing to stick your neck out for them and that you mean what you say, they will be far more loyal to you.

Be Sensitive to Multiple Discrimination

Many LGBTQ people face multiple discrimination. For example, members of the LGBTQ community who are also black will have to deal with two distinct forms of oppression. By being mindful of the multiple discrimination that many people face, you can ensure you are providing the best environment possible for all your workers, regardless of their traits.

Support LGBTQ Causes

There are numerous organizations out there dedicated to raising awareness of LGBTQ issues. If you want your business to appeal to LGBTQ people and do your bit to support the community, you should be careful about the businesses you partner with. Working exclusively with other businesses that share your beliefs and ethos on the LGBTQ community will demonstrate your commitment and present you with opportunities to learn and grow.

For example, if your business operates within the crypto space, you should consider throwing your support behind one of the growing number of cryptocurrencies created to benefits the LGBTQ community. With crypto shopping and crypto gambling gaining popularity, more people than ever are turning to the technology and what it has to offer. Allying yourself with other LGBTQ businesses will enhance your credentials and make LGBTQ people feel more secure working for your business.

Fostering an LGBTQ-friendly workplace doesn’t have to be a difficult undertaking. Remember to listen to your LGBTQ employees and what they tell you about what they need to feel safe and valued.