November 4, 2022
By promoting diversity in the workplace and making your business more inclusive for transgender employees, you're not only doing the right thing but also improving company morale and profits. A study by the Williams Institute found that 26% of transgender people have experienced job loss due to discrimination, and 47% have experienced an adverse job outcome such as being passed over for a promotion. When transgender people are treated fairly at work, they are more likely to be productive and engaged employees. Here are some practical ways you can make your workplace more inclusive for transgender people.
1. Review your uniform policies. Are there restrictions on what employees can wear? If so, consider revising the policy to allow employees to wear clothing that is consistent with their gender identity.
2. Remove gender from forms and documents. For example, instead of "Mr." or "Ms.," use "Mx." as a gender-neutral title. Ask employees their preferred pronouns and use those instead of using gendered terms like "he" or "she."
3. Make sure all employees have access to facilities that match their gender identity. This may mean having single-occupancy bathrooms available or allowing employees to use the restroom or locker room that corresponds to their gender identity.
Creating a more inclusive workplace for transgender people benefits both your employees and your business. By taking steps to create a more welcoming environment for all employees, you can create a workplace where everyone can thrive.