Out at Work: From Prejudice to Pride

29 October 2018
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Why does being out at work matter? What can organisations do to make everyone feel included?

New research undertaken by the Diversity Council Australia and RMIT University addresses these questions and makes a valuable contribution to the evidence about how important genuine inclusion is for LGBTIQ+ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and other terms that people identify with) staff.

The research, titled ‘Out at work: From Prejudice to Pride’ indicates that two thirds of LGBTIQ+ employees are not open about their sexuality at work. This was found to significantly compromise the wellbeing and performance of these staff members.

A snapshot of the findings

Why does being out at work matter?

  • Concealing compromises wellbeing – LGBTIQ+ employees who are not out to everyone at work are twice as likely to feel down compared to employees who are out to everyone at work, and 45 per cent less likely to be satisfied with their job.
  • Being out at work drives performance – LGBTIQ+ employees who are out to everyone at work are 35 per cent more likely to work highly effectively in their team and 28 per cent more likely to provide excellent customer/client service.  

What enables being out at work?

It’s more than just policies, culture is what counts. LGBTIQ+ people in highly inclusive cultures are three times as likely to be out to everyone at work, than workers in non-inclusive cultures.

To find out more, see Out at work: From Prejudice to Pride on the Diversity Council Australia website.