CIPD has recently published new guidance on ‘Transgender and non-binary inclusion at work’ to support professionals and employers in improving equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) in the workplace. Evie Williams and Thea Cooks discuss what the new guidance means for employers and how they can use it to make their workplace more inclusive.
Equality law as it relates to transgender and non-binary individuals is a dynamic area of law that is continuously changing. With new legislation and guidance being issued, it can be complex for employers to navigate. According to recent research carried out by CIPD, LGBTQ+ employees are more likely to experience workplace conflict and harassment than their heterosexual, cisgender colleagues, with 18% of transgender workers admitting that they feel psychologically unsafe in the workplace.
The new CIPD guidance on ‘Transgender and non-binary EDI in the workplace’ issued last month aims to help professionals, employers and people managers understand transgender and non-binary people’s experiences in the workplace and provide information and advice to support transgender and non-binary people. The guidance explores several areas including; employment law, policy, workplace culture, employee lifecycle, managing different views and data management. The guidance also includes an appendix on key inclusive terminology for employers to be aware of.
Whilst employers consider this area of law important, they are also aware that it can be detrimental to relationships if not handled correctly. Therefore, the desire not to offend sometimes means employers make the decision to do nothing. This guidance can help employers gain the confidence to create an approach to support and protect transgender and non-binary workers and make their workplace more inclusive. Employers should read and familiarise themselves with the guidance to improve their understanding of transgender and non-binary people’s experiences in the workplace, and the challenges they face at work and understand what they can do to ensure they are taking the right action pre-emptively rather than reactively.
To create a more inclusive, equal and diverse workplace and to protect the rights of transgender and non-binary employees, employers can:
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