August 13, 2012
Employers and LGBT networks need to co-operate on LGBT inclusion at work
A considerable number of LGBT employees in The Netherlands are still being confronted with a negative attitude at work. The study ‘Talent to Change for’ by Workplace Pride reports exclusion of LGBT employees like the inability to come out at work, homophobia and transphobia, lack of visibility, exclusion from international mobility and harassment.
Researchers for the study, Pro Firmus and the University of Groningen indicate that anxiety about coming out and a homophobic climate impact negatively on the performance and well-being of LGBT employees. The research, which was funded by the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture and Science (OCW) and carried out in cooperation with the FNV, also shows what should change to improve LGBT inclusion in the workplace.
‘Talent to Change for’ stresses the importance of employers and LGBT networks. Recommendations for employers concern the role of leadership, data collection on LGBT employees, main-streaming diversity and LGBT inclusion, effective communication and valuing the role of LGBT networks. Actions for LGBT networks deal with their governance, improving their membership and defining their role.
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August 6, 2012
Workplace Pride has won the Best Theme Boat for the 2012 Amsterdam Pride Canal Parade! Highlighted by a giant inflatable Workplace Pride Logo, the boat sailed the canals of Amsterdam under the banner of “I can be myself at work”. Ten of Workplace Pride’s member organizations sponsored the boat in this year’s canal parade. LGBT and straight employees from sponsoring organizations performed a choreographed dance on the boat for the hundreds of thousands of supporters lining the canals.
Complementing Workplace Pride’s Boat was an ‘onshore’ program consisting of an Executive Lunch, Canal Parade Viewing, and a Closing Barbecue, held at the Pulitzer Hotel on the Prinsengracht in Amsterdam. These events were designed to bring together the Foundation’s many stakeholders; executives and their families, network members, straight allies and general supporters of the Foundation.
“These combined events were key in reaching all of those people who understand that being yourself at work as an LGBT person, is key to the happiness and success of employees and employers” said Arnoud Roijmans of KPN and Head of the Workplace Pride 2012 Canal Parade Task Force.
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Irene Hemmelar, Exec. Dir. of ProGay present Best Theme Boat Trophy to David Pollard, Exec. Dir. of Workplace Pride
AMSTERDAM GAY PRIDE 2012 WPP BOAT AT MINUTE 3:03