Workplace Pride’s second Member Exchange Session was held on November 8, 2022, on the topic of Embedding Leadership Support.
Thank you to our two presenters, Jose Nava from Unilever and Ronald Niewenhuis from KPN, for sharing some great insights, to the Workplace Pride Relationship Managers for organizing, and to our Director of Program Development, Yuli Kim, for moderating. Also, we would like to extend our gratitude to the forty-eight people who attended!
We would like all Workplace Pride members to have access to what we learned from this session. Below, you can find the most important metrics and takeaways, including a link to the recording of the session:
Have a clear and compelling story about LGBTIQ+ Inclusion.
What is your strategic intent? Be clear about what you are trying to achieve, what you are doing, and why. Back this up with data/measures, for example, from the Global Benchmark and your own engagement surveys, to support. Be very clear about what you need from leadership – what is your ask of them? Position LGBTIQ+ inclusion as a business imperative with evidence, including data points, when engaging leadership.
Always connect LGBTIQ+ inclusion and related activities with your organizational values and business strategy.
Make it crystal clear that you support LGBTIQ+ people and do not tolerate discrimination. Do this with your code of conduct, policies, employment contracts, collective labor agreement, employee benefits, and leadership development programs and training. Refer back to these when you encounter resistance.
Find an active sponsor, advocate, or “cheerleader” at the executive level or board of your organization.
Listen for executives who are seeking information about diversity, equity & inclusion, and/or employee resource groups, and engage them. Do your homework and find out where they are in terms of their journey by using a stakeholder analysis so that you can adjust your approach accordingly. Some may know a little and need more education first, while others may be more informed and want to know what they can do to help.
Peer pressure can accelerate even more support.
When you have executive support, don’t forget to ask them to speak on your behalf to gain support from their peers, who are most likely other executives. An intersectional approach can also be helpful. For example, joining forces with other employee resource group sponsors, as they probably “get” it and can join forces to support LGBTIQ+ employees as well.
Set clear goals. Monitor them and measure progress – and report among stakeholders.
Grassroots initiatives can help build awareness. Position yourselves to co-create the agenda and plans for the coming year(s). Identify what measures will help you grow leadership support and focus on actions that drive those metrics.
How do you engage the “floor”?
There was some dialogue in the Zoom chat (Gian Battista from Schiphol Group and Martijn van den Tillart from ASML) that this could be an interesting topic. Workplace Pride will add this to the list for a future session. This topic of the so-called “white- and blue-collar inclusion” has had our attention for some time, so we will certainly put this on the agenda for subsequent topics in 2023 for the member exchange sessions.
There was a lot of good information in the dialogue – you can listen to the full meeting below:
You’ll hear more about the next Membership Exchange Session topic, time, and date as we get closer to the next event. We’ll keep you informed!