The ability of LGBTQ workers to be truthful about their sexual orientation and gender identity is one of the most important factors in determining whether or not they will be able to keep their current jobs or have to look for new ones.
According to the findings of a recent survey of 2,000 LGBTQ workers that was carried out by LinkedIn and YouGov, the degree to which a workplace culture allows for employees to freely express themselves and their identities can be a significant factor in determining the rate of employee turnover. Sixty-five percent of respondents stated that they would look for a new job if they believed they were unable to freely express who they are in the workplace. Three out of every four respondents stated that it is important for them to work at a company where they feel comfortable expressing their identity. This extends to a company’s public response to anti-LGBTQ legislation, as one survey found that 36 percent of respondents said they would leave their current job if their company did not speak out against discrimination.
The availability of these resource groups serves as an essential lifeline for many of these employees. Because discrimination in the workplace is still prevalent, seven out of ten people rely on organizations like these to give them a sense of belonging in their communities. One-half of those polled reported having overheard jokes at their job that made fun of LGBTQ employees, and the same proportion of people said they did not believe their employer encouraged the success or advancement of LGBTQ workers.
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The findings of the poll are being released at a time when employees are still leaving their jobs, despite the growing concern that a recession is on the horizon. A survey conducted by Mercer, a company that specializes in human resources, found that one-third of workers in the United States admitted they were giving serious thought to leaving their current position within the next six to twelve months.
Company executives are also feeling a growing pressure to weigh in on social issues, particularly as legislative attempts to restrict or block LGBTQ rights and abortion continue at a rapid pace. This is one reason why the pressure to weigh in on social issues is growing. The Walt Disney Company was put under pressure by its workforce in the month of March after the entertainment giant initially refused to comment publicly on a bill in Florida that has been derisively referred to as the “Don’t Say Gay” law. Last year, employees at Netflix Inc. staged a walkout in response to the company’s broadcast of a standup comedy special by comedian Dave Chappelle. The special featured jokes that were offensive to transgender people.
According to Rosanna Durruthy, Vice President of Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging at LinkedIn, “Companies must see LGBTQ+ rights as a critical business issue, taking a stand, and creating spaces of belonging for their workforce.” “Companies must see LGBTQ+ rights as a critical business issue,”
As evidence, she cited the recent wave of anti-LGBTQ legislation that has been introduced and passed in state legislatures as proof that “speaking out, showing solidarity, and supporting the LGBTQ+ community is more important than it has ever been.” And it must take place each and every day of the year.”