Pride month provides an opportunity for employers to show their staff (and potential talent pool) that they are inclusive of everyone, no matter their gender or sexual orientation.
It is essential that employers actually make long-term, genuine commitments to listening to and supporting the needs of their LGBTQ+ workforce, who are still, tragically, commonly discriminated against and feel psychologically unsafe at work.
Avanade and gender transition leave
One example of an employer going above and beyond the norm to support its non-binary and transgender employees is Avanade.
Avanade is a professional services firm, which was created in 2000 as a joint venture by Microsoft and Accenture, and in the aftermath of Pride month back in June, it decided to launch a new gender transition-related leave policy across Europe and Australia.
“This is a paid leave policy, which will be on a case-by-case basis because everybody’s situation will be different,” explains Avanade HR director for the UK and Ireland Nathalie Cousseau.