Creating gender non-conforming and trans-inclusive workplaces is not only the right thing to do, but it’s also good for business. A recent study found that transgender workers who are able to be their authentic selves at work are more likely to report higher job satisfaction, greater productivity, and less intention to leave their current job.
Here are five concrete things you can do to get started on creating a more trans-inclusive workplace:
1. Educate yourself and your team on transgender issues.
This doesn’t have to be formal training (although that would be ideal).
You can start by reading articles, watching videos, or listening to podcasts about transgender rights and experiences.
Once you have a basic understanding of the issues faced by trans people, share what you’ve learned with your team. This will not only make your workplace more trans-inclusive, but it will also make it a better place for everyone.
2. Use gender-neutral language in the workplace.
This includes using terms like “partner” instead of “husband/wife,” “parent” instead of “mother/father,” and “sibling” instead of “brother/sister.”
You should also avoid using gendered pronouns like “he/she” when referring to someone whose gender you don’t know or when referring to a group of people. Instead, use gender-neutral pronouns like “they/them.”
Making these small changes in your language will go a long way in making your workplace more welcoming for trans employees.
3. Offer health insurance that covers transition-related care.
Many transgender people require medically necessary care such as hormone therapy and gender confirmation surgery in order to live authentically. However, these procedures are often excluded from health insurance plans.
Offering health insurance that covers transition-related care sends a strong message of support to trans employees and shows that you value their well-being and identity.
4. Allow employees to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity.
This one may seem obvious, but it’s an important step in creating a trans-inclusive workplace.
Allowing employees to use the restroom that corresponds with their gender identity shows that you respect their privacy and dignity. It also sends a message that you are committed to creating a safe and inclusive environment for all employees.
5. Create an employee resource group for transgender and gender non-conforming employees.
An employee resource group (ERG) is a voluntary group of employees who come together around a shared identity or experience.
ERGs can provide support, information, and advocacy on behalf of their members.
They can also be powerful allies in promoting diversity and inclusion within an organization. Creating an ERG for transgender and gender non-conforming employees is one way to show your commitment to making your workplace more inclusive for all workers.
Creating a workplace that is inclusive of transgender and gender non-conforming employees is the right thing to do, both morally and legally.
However, there are also clear business reasons why it’s important to have a trans-inclusive workplace. Transgender and gender non-conforming employees can bring unique perspectives and skillsets to your company, which can help you stay competitive in today’s global economy.
In addition, creating an inclusive workplace sends a message to your customers that you care about all members of your community.
There are many ways to create a trans-inclusive workplace – start by looking at the policies and practices currently in place at your company and see where modifications can be made. If you’re not sure where to start, consult with experts who specialize in transgender inclusion.
Are there other ways that your company can become more trans-inclusive? Let us know in the comments below!
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