Cost of business of staying in the closet

January 12, 2015
LGBT Diversity Fund

Staff who feel they have to hide their sexual orientation at work lose confidence and feel isolated from colleagues, says survey. Failing to be inclusive of employees of different sexual orientation can have disastrous effects on staff morale and productivity, according to a new survey. More than 80% of those polled in a study of 200 senior lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) business figures by LGBT network OUTstanding said that being unable to be themselves at work damages people’s confidence and isolates them from workmates. Of those surveyed, 85% said that gay employees who stay in the closet waste valuable energy pretending to be someone they’re not, while 86% said that the fear of being outed to colleagues makes them anxious. The majority of respondents said that being open about their sexuality at work was often less difficult than they anticipated, with 60% saying that workplace bullying was not a concern.

Yahoo! Finance | www.yahoo.com | Piper Terrett | 12th January 2015

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