5 Ways to Support LGBTQ+ Employees in the Workplace

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In an expansive study involving almost half a million individuals, Great Place To Work® found that LGBTQ+ employees experience substantial psychological safety concerns in the workplace. Even in the most highly-rated environments, these employees felt emotionally and psychologically less safe by 7% compared to their straight counterparts.

Furthermore, the data points towards a more challenging situation for LGBTQ+ employees from Asian backgrounds. A concerning 20% of Asian LGBTQ+ individuals have been diagnosed with depression, contrasting with a mere 7% among cisgender, heterosexual Asian adults. Additionally, being LGBTQ+ places these employees at an 11% higher risk of retention than their straight colleagues, and 14% fewer find their work fulfilling.

Addressing these disparities requires companies to surmount unique hurdles. In analysing feedback regarding diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) initiatives, we have observed distinct resistance towards several DEIB programs. Nevertheless, given the growing presence of the LGBTQ+ community in workplaces across generations, companies can endeavour to better support this vital talent pool.

In this context, we would like to propose five key strategies businesses can adopt to better support LGBTQ+ employees:

  1. Express support for the LGBTQ+ community. Break the silence and openly support the LGBTQ+ community in your workplace. This can include celebrating Pride, ensuring your company policies and benefits are inclusive, and encouraging visible leadership from our LGBTQ+ individuals.
  2. Prioritize employee well-being. Many companies have already recognised the value of investing in employee well-being programs, which have proven to significantly improve retention and recruitment rates. However, it’s crucial that these initiatives include and specifically mention LGBTQ+ employees.
  3. Prioritize support for all LGBTQ+ Employees. Recognizing the heightened challenges that these individuals often face, it’s crucial for companies to develop initiatives tailored to support this diverse community. Encouraging collaborations among Employee Resource Groups, offering workshops focused on self-care, and inviting experts to share their insights and perspectives can significantly contribute to fostering an inclusive work environment.
  4. Be aware of the unseen benefits of your DEIB efforts. Do not underestimate the potential impact of your DEIB initiatives. Many LGBTQ+ individuals may not be openly out in the workplace, and efforts such as inclusive benefits packages and gender-neutral plus-one invites to company events can make a significant difference.
  5. Be a visible and unapologetic ally. Leaders should take an active role in supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Be aware of the legal and social pressures they face and what steps can be taken to challenge these inequalities. Support for LGBTQ+ rights goes beyond merely “saying gay” – it requires concrete action.

Great Place To Work provides tools and resources to help companies on their DEIB journey. Our employee experience survey and analysis tool is designed to measure and improve the sense of belonging within your workplace.

We invite you to explore the Great Place To Work Certification™ to recognize your organization’s commitment to a positive and inclusive work environment. If you’re interested in transforming your workplace culture into one of diversity, inclusion, and acceptance, Get Certified Today. Let’s make every workplace a great place to work.

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Great Place To Work identifies Best Workplaces in Asia™ by surveying 2.1 million employees in Asia and the Middle East about the key factors that create great workplaces for all and analyzing company workplace programs impacting 5.9 million employees in the region.

To be considered, companies must first be identified as outstanding in their local region by appearing on one or more of our Best Workplaces lists in Bahrain, Greater China (including China, Hong Kong and Taiwan), India, Indonesia, Japan, Kuwait, Oman, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, UAE, Vietnam during 2022 or early 2023.

Companies rank in three size categories: Small and Medium (10-499 employees); Large (500+); and Multinational. Multinational organizations are also assessed on their efforts to create great workplaces across multiple countries in the region. They must appear on at least two national lists in Asia and the Middle East and have at least 1,000 employees worldwide with at least 40% (or 5,000+) of those employees located outside the headquarters country.

To determine the 2022 Vietnam Best Workplaces™, Great Place To Work®️ analyzed confidential survey feedback representing nearly 20,000 employees across different industries in Vietnam. Employees responded to over 60 survey questions describing the extent to which their organization creates a Great Place To Work For All™️.

85% of the evaluation is based on what employees say about their experiences of trust and reaching their full human potential as part of their organization, no matter who they are or what they do. Great Place To Work analyzes these experiences relative to each organization’s size, workforce make up, and what’s typical in their industry. The remaining 15% of the rank is based on an assessment of all employees’ daily experiences of innovation, the company’s values, and the effectiveness of their leaders, to ensure they’re consistently experienced.

To be considered, companies had to meet the Great Place To Work-Certified™ standard. To ensure survey results truly represent all employees, Great Place To Work requires that Trust Index©️ survey results are accurate to a 95% confidence level with a 5% margin of error or better. We review any anomalies in survey responses, news and financial performance to ensure there aren’t any extraordinary reasons to believe we couldn’t trust a company’s survey results. 

Companies with 10-99 people were considered for the Small category, companies with 100-999 people were considered for the Medium category and companies with 1000+ people were considered for the Large category.