Hi, it’s Greg here, the founder and lead-maintainer of pink-jobs.com…
A Bit About Us
What started as a passion-project 8 years ago, has grown into one of the world’s largest LGBT/diversity focused job boards.
We were blown away when our passion project started seeing the likes of the NHS, Nike, and Bernie Sanders Campaign advertising their roles through us. Since then we have encouraged many brilliant companies, government bodies, and public institutions to advertise explicitly that they are LGBT friendly.
With rising cases of LGBT discrimination across the globe, it is as important as ever that employers publicly show that they value equality and diversity in the workplace, and that’s what we help them do.
Why We Need Support
As you know, we are, and always will be, completely free!
We do however have costs of our own, including hosting, bug-fixing, integrations, advertising and development work. Additionally we have hired developers and even sponsored pride events!
To date, I have covered these costs myself (it is a passion project!).
We would like keep Pink Jobs going, and to develop it further, with integrations into major platforms and applicant tracking systems, encouraging more companies to show that they value equality. However, such things are cost-prohibitive when self-funded, and with a small team.
This is why we have now set up a Patreon. If you would like to show support you can do so here: https://www.patreon.com/pinkjobs
All supporters will be displayed on the site’s ‘supporters’ page (unless you opt out), and VIP/Primary Sponsors get additional perks
Thank you for taking the time to read, and any support is greatly appreciated, even if it’s just a ‘like’ on this post 🙂
A Guide to Writing LGBTQ+ Inclusive Workplace Policies
One of the main goals every employer should have is to make their workers feel safe and respected in the workplace. Depending on the field of work, this might not always be easily achievable. This is exactly why it is important for every workplace to have policies which take every member of the team into consideration.
In many countries, sexual orientation is not a category protected by the law. This can cause companies to discriminate against LGBTQ+ employees and treat them in an unfair way. Having certain policies in your workplace will help every new candidate know exactly what they are getting themselves into. Here are some steps to help you write the perfect inclusive LGBTQ+ workplace policy.
- Promote a positive workplace environment
In order to be able to create a more inclusive workplace, you need to start by creating a positive environment. A workplace where everyone is supported and appreciated is the ideal place for employees to feel included. Encouraging diversity in the workplace is essential, and you need to set a good example.
Diversity is found in all different types of groups. People of different ethnicities and backgrounds, as well as people with disabilities and members of the LGBTQ+ community, should be part of any team. The more diverse a team is, the easier it will be for these people to feel like they belong. This will allow employees to feel like the place they work in is positive and accepting.
- Engage employees at all levels
One of the issues that many LGBTQ+ people encounter is issues with gaining promotions in their workplaces. This is not only unfair, but it can hold these people back from applying for jobs they would be great at. Encountering this issue is of great importance if you wish to hire truly capable people in your business.
The best thing you can do is offer equal opportunities to all your employees. When deciding to promote someone, take their abilities and dedication into consideration. Also, it might be a good idea to explain to your employees exactly how you decide when trying to promote someone.
Being thorough about your selection process and deciding to engage your employees at all levels of the company is essential. This will make your employees trust you and help your diverse employees feel appreciated. In addition, you will be able to hire even more skilled employees in the future. Everyone will want to join a team that is treated with respect.
- Create an LGBTQ+ friendly network
Another thing you can do with the support and approval of your employees is to share their stories and thoughts on social media. There is no better way to show how inclusive your company is than online. Being pro-equality is something to be celebrated, and you can do that with the help of your online social media platforms. If the LGBTQ+ employees of your company are open to share their experiences, this can prove very useful for the workplace.
On the one hand, you are directly showing other potential employees that they can be part of such an inclusive community. This way, you will attract people who will be accepting and willing to work in such an environment. Buzzfeed does exactly that, and their online audience loves how they offer work to people from all backgrounds and orientations.
In addition, it will greatly help you show your target audience that you are taking your employees and their individualities seriously. Antoine Meyers, a writer and editor at TrustMyPaper and WowGrade, says: “Your inclusive workplace policies can help you show your audience they are spending their money at a business that cares about its employees. This will help you better connect with your audience and allow your employees to express themselves freely”.
- Allow your employees to self-identify
A rule you should include in your workplace policy is related to the self-expression of your employees. In most workplaces, employees are not able to self-identify as LGBTQ+. This is in most cases because not everyone in the team is familiar with the terminology they need to use. This is an important issue, but it is a rather easy one to combat.
The best thing you can do in order to make everyone feel included is to teach your employees how to react to certain situations. You can ask your new or older LGBTQ+ employees to hold a bit of a training seminar for the rest of the team and supervisors. There, they can properly introduce themselves with their preferred pronouns and explain some things of importance to everyone.
This can easily be put together whenever someone new joins your team. This way, they will be able to share a little about their personality with the whole team. This will help your employees bond with each other better and help everyone feel more included and accepted.
Creating a productive and accepting workplace for everyone
Making a workplace more inclusive is not something that will happen overnight. Changing standards and including new rules is essential for change to happen. These rules will help your teams function better and allow everyone to feel like a member of your team. This will help people perform their best and attract truly talented and capable employees to your business.
Creating LGBTQ+ inclusive policies will help your company be more accepting towards others too. People with disabilities or from different ethnicities and backgrounds will also feel more included. This can help you put together very strong and productive teams. As a result, your company will grow a lot faster and become more successful in a shorter period of time.
Diana is a writer and editor for Subjecto and SupremeDissertations. Having a Master’s degree in marketing allows her to create well-written posts in different fields. This is why she often works with different platforms where she can share her advice and ideas. In her spare time, Diana loves to spend time reading books.
So we don’t often post non-job-related updates, but we have recently found these really cool LGBT Greeting Cards, hand-made in the UK (Yorkshire, using the letter-press technique) from the guys over at https://ls20letterpressstudio.com
To celebrate LGBT History Month, ‘totaljobs’ commissioned award-winning author and ex-Attitude editor Matthew Todd to describe the current situation facing LGBT employees in the UK today.
Accompanying the article are a series of animations highlighting both progressive and discriminatory attitudes towards LBGT people in the workplace.
Each graphic depicts LGBT people (real and fictional), and the challenges and progress they’ve experienced:
Totaljobs trans employee survey report 2016
What’s it like to be a trans employee? [Infographic] by totaljobs
Total Jobs Transgender Employee Survey
We’ve been contacted via Total Jobs in respect to a survey they are carrying out which aims to investigate what challenges transgender employees face in the UK.
If this is relevant to you, please complete the survey via the link below:
Non-Profit Advertising on Scruff App
Pink Jobs are delighted to announce that we have been accepted into Scruff’s Benevolads programme.
Benevolads is free in-app advertisements for non-profit organisations, and as Pink Jobs is and always will be free, for both job-seekers and employers, we have been allowed to advertise through this service. Currently it appears to have more than doubled site traffic on recent days:
So from now on depending on where you’re located in the UK you’ll see an advertisement for our LGBT friendly recruitment portal!
We would like to sincerely thank the Scruff team for this generous service.
Pink Jobs are proud to announce our sponsorship of Pride Scotia, Scotlands premier LGBT pride event.
Pride Scotia 2014 Festival will take place on the 21st and 22nd of June in Edinburgh. PDF Guides can be found here.
From Pride Scotia’s Website:
Pride Scotia exists to promote equality and diversity and protect the future of the LGBT community in Scotland.Vision
Pride Scotia will:
- Create a safe space to engage communities in the celebration of their sexual orientation.
- Coordinate the bi-annual Pride celebration in Edinburgh
- Capture and build upon our organisation’s and our communities’ history.
- Provide a platform for education through a significant public presence.
- Run a not-for-profit organisation, committed to volunteers and staff.
See the full article here: http://www.examiner.com/article/scientific-evidence-of-same-sex-attraction-found-new-study-pheromones-study
Researchers in China and at the University of Minnesota published a study on May 1st, where they found that humans produce chemical cues that communicate gender to members of the opposite sex. While knowledge of pheromones has been around for a long time, the new and intriguing finding shows that homosexual males responded to gender pheromones more like heterosexual females did.
In the new study, researchers asked males and females, both heterosexual and homosexual, to watch what are known as point-light walkers move in place on a screen. The point-light walkers consisted of 15 dots representing the head, pelvis, thorax, and 12 major joints in the human body. Participants in the study were tasked with deciding whether those digitally morphed gaits were more masculine or feminine. Individuals completed that task while being exposed to androstadienone (found in male semen and armpits), estratetraenol (identified in female urine), or a control solution.
Results revealed that heterosexual females were systematically biased toward perceiving walkers as more masculine when they smelled androstadienone during the exercise. As for heterosexual males, they were systematically biased toward perceiving walkers as more feminine when they smelled estratetraenol during the exercise. The groundbreaking piece of the study actually revolves around the findings from the lesbian, gay, and bisexual participants where researchers found that homosexual males responded to gender pheromones more like heterosexual females did. Bisexual or homosexual female responses to the same scents fell somewhere in between those of heterosexual males and females.
“When the visual gender cues were extremely ambiguous, smelling androstadienone versus estratetraenol produced about an eight percent change in gender perception,” explained Wen Zhou of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.
“The results provide the first direct evidence that the two human steroids communicate opposite gender information that is differentially effective to the two sex groups based on their sexual orientation,” the researchers wrote in Current Biology.
Is this the scientific evidence needed to prove that same-sex attraction is genetic? While no DNA evidence currently exists, this is definitely a giant scientific step in that right direction.