July 29, 2014
July 28, 2014
Workplace Pride’s 2014 conference was a pivotal point for the Foundation. The need for attention to LGBT workplace inclusion across the globe and at every level of organizations was made clear by the moving presentations of three well-known keynote speakers. Click on the arrow in the image to see the highlights of the conference in a short video.
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The 2014 Amsterdam Gay Pride was launched last Saturday and it has plenty on offer for LGBT people and their supporters!
Workplace Pride will hold its traditional ‘on-shore’ and ‘off-shore’ events this year with the theme : “I can be myself@work”. There are still last minute possibilities to be on the Workplace Pride Boat and to take part at the post-parade Barbecue at the Pulitzer Hotel. The parade viewing and lunch is sold out.
To see the program for the Workplace Pride 2014 Amsterdam Pride events, click here
For more information about participating in the events that are still open, contact: Christine Holtkamp at: firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to the canal parade, Workplace Pride will be working with the Ministry of OCW, the City of Amsterdam, and the COC to speak with a number of LGBT activists that have been brought to the city from around the world. These activists are hear to learn from the Dutch experience on how they may be able to approach LGBT activism in their own countries. Workplace Pride will be speaking to the activists on several occasions with the message that it is never too early to start talking about including the workplace in their efforts.
For information on additional events, go to:
Full program of parties and cultural events for the general public: http://www.amsterdamgaypride.nl
We all know about the topic of stress at work. What’s more, many of us, unfortunately, know the consequences of that stress: less productivity, problems at home, physical ailments and, in some instances, burnout.
Recognizing that these issues can be preventable if the symptoms are recognized in time, the Dutch Ministry of Social and Work Affairs, (Ministerie van Sociale Zaken en Wekgelegenheid) has launched a new campaign to highlight that stress at work can be avoided if the symptoms are recognized early enough. This multi-year campaign works with a number of partners and supporters to help tackle the issue of stress at work and to determine if this stress can be attributed to different causes for different people.
Workplace Pride has been selected by the Ministry to represent stress related issues dealing with being LGBT in the workplace. Over the coming years, the Foundation will work with the ministry to create a number of events and initiatives that look more closely at these issues. Questions that will be answered include:
- Can working in non-LGBT inclusive workplaces lead to higher stress among this group?
- What can LGBT people do to recognize the symptoms related to being LGBT at work that may lead to burnout?
- What can employers do to minimize stress for their LGBT employees
To view the Ministry’s website about the campaign, click here: http://www.campagne.arboineuropa.nl
For more information about Workplace Pride’s involvement with the campaign write to: email@example.com
Min. SZW website with Workplace Pride logo
July 23, 2014
Roze Zaterdag (Pink Saturday) is an annual event in the Netherlands during which LGBT inclusion in society is put in the limelight. This year’s event on July 5th, was held in the southern Dutch city of Eindhoven. For the first time, Young@Workplace Pride, the Foundation’s program for young LGBT people in the workplace, had a special stand at Roze Zaterdag.
The group was part of the Info Markt, a feature of every Roze Zaterdag, which allows organizations to highlight their own LGBT activities, give presentations, and make contact with the public. This year, the Dutch Police, the Fire Department, and the Ministry of Defense were present with stands alongside Young@Workplace Pride and many other organizations. Foundation members Achmea, American Express, Arcadis, KPN and UWV were represented by volunteers at the Young@Workplace Pride stand.
“Our goal was to give information about Young@Workplace Pride and Workplace Pride in general, to make contact with people passing by and to talk to them about their companies, the new generation of employees and the pink networks they are part of” said Boudewijn Moolenaar, Co-Program Manager of Young@Workplace Pride and employee of UWV.
During the day the volunteers handed out newly created leaflets about Young@Workplace Pride and leaflets about Workplace Pride’s Global Benchmark. They came in contact with many different types of people whom they asked to fill in a survey (digital and hard copy) on the subject of pink networks within organisations. The response was very promising with many event participants filling out the survey. Young@Workplace Pride is currently processing the results and will release them later in the summer.
“We had a great time at Pink Saturday and enjoyed talking to the public. We made new contacts and we were able to exchange lots of ideas. At 18.00h the infomarket closed. Some of us stayed to enjoy the festivities and to watch the Worldcup football match Netherlands – Costa Rica on screens at the big square in Eindhoven, where ‘pink’ and ‘orange’ merged” said Moolenaar.
Click download link to see the Young@Workplace Pride information leaflet.
For more information about Young@Workplace Pride write to: firstname.lastname@example.org
July 1, 2014
Workplace Pride’s 8th annual international conference took an in-depth look at what employers and employees, continue to face when trying to create LGBT-friendly work places in non-LGBT friendly environments. The primary focus for the 2014 conference was on how internationally-operating organizations and communities can work together to create change in the workplace around the world. But we will also zoomed in to local themes and best practices that can be applied to all workplaces, no matter where they are located. With this in mind, the theme of the 2014 conference was:
“Broadening Horizons for LGBT People in the Workplace: International Challenges and Opportunities”
Highlights of the event held at Shell’s global head office in the Hague, included:
- Keynote address by Lord Browne, former BP CEO who related his own personal account of what it was like to separate his LGBT- life from his working self for over 40 years. Lord Browne detailed events and stories that can be found in his new book, “The Glass Closet”, a copy of which was given to all conference participants. Click here to watch the Lord Browne’s keynote speech.
- Keynote address by Brigadier General Tammy Smith, the first flag officer of the USA military to publicly admit to being LGBT. In a touching account of working under the policy known as ‘Don’t ask, don’t tell’, General Smith related her own struggle to combine her passion for serving her country with her commitment to be true to herself and her partner. Click here to watch her keynote speech.
- Keynote address by Minister Frans Timmermans, Dutch minister of Foreign Affairs who gave an impassioned speech about the inclusion of LGBT people in society and at work. In expressing his support for LGBT people and the work that Workplace Pride is doing, Minister Timmerman’s surprised the audience with the announcement that his own ministry would join Workplace Pride as its 38 member. Click here to watch his address.
- Keynote address from Hugh Mitchell, Chief Human Resources and Corporate Officer, Shell, Hugh is a member of the Board for the Centre for Advanced Human Resources at Cornell University in the USA, and a Foundation Board member of IMD business school in Lausanne, Switzerland. He was appointed a Fellow of the National Academy of Human Resources in the USA in 2009. He is also an Honorary Vice-President of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (UK).He gave the closing keynote address at the conference.