This document provides a guide for an employer on supporting trans people, including those who are non-binary and non-gender in the workplace. Trans people are frequently disadvantaged at work, although this is not always deliberate. All existing and new practices and policies must be scrutinized to ensure that they take account of the impact they may have on minority groups, such as trans people.
People work better if they can be themselves so making trans people welcome makes good business sense. About 1% of the workforce may express their gender in ways that do not conform to the typical ‘man’ or ‘woman’ binary model However, many trans people still choose not to express their feelings in the workplace because they fear a transphobic reaction from their employers and co-workers. This causes great stress so they are unlikely to perform to the best of their ability.
A workplace in which diversity, including different gender identities, is celebrated, ensures that valuable staff are recruited and retained – an approach that benefits everyone, not just the groups targeted.
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Webpage Originally Published: 2014-10-01