LGBTQ+ inclusion in the workplace is fast becoming a priority for organisations of all sizes across the UK. This includes SMEs as well as big businesses, as LGBTQ+ inclusivity offers a distinct competitive advantage for all organisations and encourages a better workplace culture.
As an umbrella term, LGBTQ+ includes lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer people, with the plus symbol to include other identities that feature under the LGBTQ+ umbrella.
The benefits to an LGBTQ+ inclusive workplace extend beyond that of making sure employees of all gender identities and gender expressions feel safe and valid, though this is the primary reason. LGBTQ+ inclusive workplaces benefit businesses too in terms of productivity and profitability, as studies have shown that people perform better when they can be themselves.
So, having inclusion strategies in place for LGBTQ+ staff make sense from a business perspective as well as an ethical standpoint. This is because all employees will feel less stressed and more productive as respected members of a cohesive team.