Create an Inclusive Workplace With These LGBTQ+ Friendly Business Titles

By Birch M. RSS Wed, June 14, 2023

Pride month is a celebration of queer culture, joy, resilience, and strength. It's a reminder of how far the LGBTQ+ community has come and how far we still have to go. Workplace environments can be an especially fraught place for queer folks unless employers make conscious efforts to create welcoming, safe, and equitable spaces. These books address ways employers can build businesses that prioritize diversity and support all of their employees regardless of sexuality, gender, race, or ability. 

Gender Diversity and Non-Binary Inclusion in the Workplace: The Essential Guide for Employers by Sarah Gibson and J. Fernandez

This book is for anyone looking to create inclusive work environments for non-binary and gender-nonconforming people. It builds knowledge of non-binary identities and provides practical solutions to many of the basic workplace problems these groups face. Based on novel research, Gender Diversity and Non-Binary Inclusion in the Workplace: The Essential Guide for Employers makes a business case for the benefits of inclusion for both employers and employees: an ideal introduction for companies wishing to embrace all genders in the workplace.

Alphabet Soup: The Essential Guide to LGBTQ2+ Inclusion At Work by Michael Bach

What you aren’t doing to create an LGBTQ2+ inclusive workplace is costing you more than you might think. Every year, companies who aren’t doing the necessary work are losing millions to low productivity, staff turnover, missed opportunities, and reputational damage ― and no, simply slapping a rainbow over your company logo every June isn’t going to cut it. Diversity and inclusion expert Michael Bach breaks down everything you need to know about creating inclusive workplaces for people who don’t fit squarely into the “straight” and “cis” boxes. And don’t worry if you’re already feeling lost; by the time you’ve finished this book, you’ll know exactly what LGBTQ2+ means ― and a whole lot of other stuff to boot!

Transgender Employees in the Workplace: A Guide for Employers by Jennie Kermode

Respect and understanding between colleagues is essential in any healthy, productive, equal-opportunities workplace. But as an employer, are you aware of the specific needs of transgender employees and applicants? This concise volume is the essential introduction for any employer on how to work effectively and respectfully with transgender employees, without asking the employee inappropriate or personal questions. In simple terms, it explains what it means to be transgender, the common challenges transgender people experience, and how you can best support transgender employees in their roles, and in their relationships with colleagues and clients.

Inclusion 360: Proven Solutions for an Equitable Organization by Bernadette Smith

Millennials and Gen Z, the largest generations in the workforce, want to work for and do business with organizations that promote equity and inclusion for all, especially for those who hold marginalized racial, sexuality, or gender identities. But how does any organization ― or individual ― move from good intentions to meaningful action? In Inclusive 360: Proven Solutions for an Equitable Organization, Bernadette Smith delivers a systematic roadmap towards a more diverse, equitable, and inclusive organization. This progressive path is full of inspiring ideas from the world's most innovative companies ― easily adapted for one's own organization.

How To Be An Ally: Actions You Can Take For a Stronger, Happier Workplace by Melinda Briana Epler

How can you help someone else thrive? How can you interrupt the biases, microaggressions, and inequities that prevent people around you from excelling? How can you build an innovative workplace fueled by equity, diversity, and belonging? Every business leader should be asking themselves these questions. How to Be an Ally shows us how to take personal responsibility for driving change that’s good for people ― and for business. You’ll learn the ins and outs of allyship and build the knowledge and skills you need to create an equitable workplace where everyone feels safe, valued, and able to thrive.

Did That Just Happen? Beyond Diversity - Creating Sustainable and Inclusive Organizations by Stephanie Pinder-Amaker

This is an accessible guide showing all people how to create and sustain diversity and inclusivity in the workplace — no matter your identity, industry, or level of experience. Offering real-life accounts that illustrate common workplace occurrences around inclusivity and answers to questions like, "How do I identify and handle diversity landmines at work?" and, "What can I do when I've made a mistake?" This handbook breaks down ways that organizations (and all people) can improve their cultural awareness and become more equitable in their work and personal relationships.

Diversify by June Sarpong

Putting the spotlight on groups who are often marginalized in our society, including women, ethnic minorities, those living with disabilities, and the LGBTQ+ community, Diversify uncovers the hidden cost of exclusion and shows how a new approach to how we learn, live, and do business can solve some of the most stubborn challenges we face. With unshakeable case studies, brand-new research from Oxford University, and six revolutionary steps to help you overcome unconscious bias, this book will help you become part of a better society. The old way isn’t working. This is a case for change.

Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture by Amber Cabral

Learn to create an inclusive environment with this actionable and insightful resource. Allies and Advocates: Creating an Inclusive and Equitable Culture delivers a powerful and useful message about inclusion and diversity in everyday life. Author Amber Cabral, a celebrated inclusion strategist, speaker, and writer, shows readers how to move away from discriminatory and unjust behaviors to supporting and building meaningful connections with people across our diverse backgrounds and identities.

Queer Career: Sexuality and Work in Modern America by Margot Canaday

Workplaces have traditionally been viewed as “straight spaces” in which queer people passed. As a result, historians have directed limited attention to the experiences of queer people on the job. Queer Career rectifies this, offering an expansive historical look at sexual minorities in the modern American workforce. Arguing that queer workers were more visible than hidden and, against the backdrop of state aggression, vulnerable to employer exploitation, Margot Canaday positions employment and fear of job loss as central to gay life in postwar America. Queer Career shows how LGBTQ history helps us understand the recent history of capitalism and labor and rewrites our understanding of the queer past.

Hiring For Diversity: The Guide to Building an Inclusive and Equitable Organization by Arthur Woods

You want to build a more diverse organization with employees representing all races, genders, and sexualities, but how will you shift your hiring practices to achieve this? Learn from the world’s top talent executives and the global leader in diversity recruiting. Hiring for Diversity: The Guide to Building an Inclusive and Equitable Organization brings together the most cutting-edge practices for implementing a diversity hiring strategy that leaves your organization with a comprehensive view and an actionable plan.

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