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LGBT in the workplace: online toolkit launched to help employers

GLEN is launching the kit to allow organisations to get the best out of diversity.

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AN ONLINE TOOLKIT to help employers to realise the the value of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender diversity in the workplace has been launched by the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network.

The kit, called Diversity in the Workplace, will help employers to assess how good their workplace is for their LGBT staff and to identify any barriers and ways to overcome them.

Sixty per cent of LGBT employees are not open about their orientation at work, according to recent Irish research, with many feeling that being out with their colleagues might damage their career, promotion prospects or professional relationships.

GLEN chairperson Kieran Rose said that equality and diversity are good not just for business, but for the economy as a whole. Accountancy firm Ernst and Young, which is helping to launch the toolkit, said that it is committed to fully endorsing the concept of inclusiveness.

Excellence in Diversity asks organisations a set of questions about their current practice and benchmarks that performance against best practice. It also allows the organisation to track its progress over time and gives guidance on how to improve effectiveness.

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