Originally published: June 20, 2017
Hiding your true self at work can damage your career and reduce your sense of belonging in the workplace, a new study suggests.
University of Exeter researchers examined "stigmatised" characteristics - being lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT), or having a history of poverty or mental or physical illness.
They found that concealing such characteristics from colleagues resulted in lower self-esteem, job satisfaction and commitment at work.
"People may choose to conceal stigmatised identities because they want to be accepted, but in fact doing so reduces feelings of belonging," said Professor Manuela Barreto of the University of Exeter.