Tuesday, September 26, 2017

One in ten professionals have experienced homophobic bullying at work - SMALL BUSINESS

Originally published:  September 25, 2017
Publisher: SmallBusiness.co.uk 

The survey of 1,200 UK workers sought to explore the topic of diversity in the workplace, particularly amongst the LGBT community. Professionals were asked if they were open about their sexuality at work and if they felt comfortable being so, revealing that over a third (37.9 per cent) felt pressure to be open about their sexual orientation when starting a new job.Other key findings include:Nearly three quarters (71.3 per cent) of those that identify as LGBT are open about their sexual orientation at work.

However, one in ten (10.7 per cent) said that their employer doesn’t actively support LGBT diversity in the workplace.

That’s despite over half (51.4 per cent) of UK professionals believing that employers should do more to support LGBT diversity at work, Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments, ‘It’s positive to see that so many professionals feel they can be open with their co-workers and managers in regards to their sexual orientation, but they should only share this information if they feel comfortable doing so. That said, it’s concerning to learn that so many are being affected by discrimination and bullying because of this and businesses need to ensure they take a zero-tolerance approach to this sort of behaviour, or intimidation of any kind.‘It has also become apparent that employers need to do more to actively support LGBT diversity in their workplace. Perhaps then we will see the numbers of those being affected by homophobic bullying begin to decrease.’