30th June 2022, 9:00am - 3:00pm
Tony has been invited to once again chair the National Advancing LGBTQIA+ at Work Event 2022 on behalf of the IGPP: Institute of Government & Public Policy
This landmark event will see Diversity and Inclusion practitioners from across the UK come together to share dialogue and best practice on LGBTQ+ issues in the work place.
Dr Tony Malone, Charing the event
John Peart, Civil Service LGBT+ Network
Patrick Ettenes, Bring Dementia Out
Tasha Thomas, Inclusion and Diversity Consultant and LGBTQ+ Activist
Jyoti Sehdev, Costain
Eva Echo, Activist, Writer and Public Speaker
Rachael Evans, Intersex Rights Advocate
Simon Blake, MHFA England
Patrick Mitchell, Health Education England
Alexandra D'Sa, House of Pride
Nancy Kelley, Stonewall
According to the CIPD report titled ‘Inclusion at Work: Perspectives on LGBTQ+ Working Life’ that was published in February 2021 LGBT+ employees are more likely than their heterosexual counterparts to face workplace conflict and harassment. 40% of LGBTQ+ employees and 55% of trans employees had experienced such conflict, compared to 29% of heterosexual employees. When compared to heterosexual employees (10%), a greater number of LGBTQ+ workers (16%) feel psychologically uncomfortable at work, while trans workers (18%) feel even more so.
This implies that organisations' management of conflict and harassment must improve, and employers must gain a better understanding of the specific experiences – and needs – of LGBTQIA+ workers, particularly when it comes to raising awareness and taking action on policies and procedures.
The National LGBT Summary Report of 2018 found that 19% of respondents in work had not felt comfortable being open about their sexuality in the workplace, with an even higher proportion keeping this hidden from senior staff and/or customers and clients.
The NIESR report cited several studies suggesting that LGBTQIA+ people suffer higher rates of bullying and harassment than heterosexual people in the workplace: 23% had experienced a negative or mixed reaction from others in the workplace due to being LGBTQ+. 11% had experienced a colleague disclosing their sexual orientation to others without their permission, 11% had experienced inappropriate comments or conduct, and 9% had received verbal harassment or insults.
This timely event will grant the audience a critical understanding of what the future holds for companies in terms of ensuring and promoting diversity, inclusion, and safety for LGBTQIA+ employees. It will address critical problems such as leadership, cultural transformation, new business models, and legal implications. It aims to identify the challenges and steps required to sustain and promote inclusive workplaces, as well as provide advice to professionals on how to enhance LGBTQIA+-supportive workplace policies and practices.