The vast majority (92 per cent) of global LGBTQ2S+ employees say they consider potential employers’ reputations around LGBTQ2S+ inclusion when searching for a job, according to a new survey by Out Leadership.
The survey, which polled more than 2,700 LGBTQ2S+ and ally workers, found 80 per cent of LGBTQ2S+ employees were comfortable being out at work, a major increase from 36 per cent in 2016.
Transgender and non-binary employees were more likely (nine per cent) than other LGBTQ2S+ employees (seven per cent) to say they’re uncomfortable being out at work and many felt it hasn’t been good for their careers.
Black lesbian employees were more likely (41 per cent) than other LGBTQ+ employees (26 per cent) to say they’ve felt uncomfortable or insulted by comments made by colleagues about the LGBTQ2S+ community. Non-binary employees were the least likely to agree (34 per cent versus 27 per cent) that their employer takes action to protect its LGBTQ2S+ employees from offensive comments or behaviours.
Nearly three-quarters (70 per cent) of LGBTQ2S+ talent said they believe being out in the workplace has had a positive impact on their career opportunities and advancement and 78 per cent said being LGBTQ2S+ has helped them build their personal and professional networks.
“To maintain this talent advantage, avoid a brain drain and continue realizing strong profits, business leaders must reject the rise in anti-LGBTQ2S+ laws in every state and country where they operate,” said Todd Sears, founder and chief executive officer of Out Leadership, in a press release.