A 2018 Accenture study analyzed more than 22,000 men and women in 34 countries in order to identify what factors are deemed necessary to thrive and advance at work. Forty factors were identified through their research. Some of the factors include, “the freedom to be innovative and creative,” employees never being asked to “change their appearance to conform to company culture,” and employees feeling “comfortable reporting sex discrimination/sexual harassment(s) to the company.” In companies where the 40 factors are most common, LGBTQ employees are more likely to advance to manager or senior manager, they are more satisfied with their careers and have greater career aspirations than in companies where these 40 factors are less common. Ellyn Shook, chief leadership and human resources officer at Accenture, said it best. “It’s critical that companies create a truly human environment where people can be successful both professionally and personally—where they can be who they are and feel they belong, every day.” How can organizations follow Ellyn Shook’s advice and create an environment and culture that is inclusive for LGBTQ employees?
FULL STORY published July 29, 2018 via Forbes