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Announcing New Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Lessons

Written by Rae Feshbach

Through little actions every day—intentional or not—we let our personal lives creep into our work lives: we do things like put photos on our desks, talk about weekend plans or vacations, and note reasons why we need to leave early or take a day off.

Many people don’t think twice about sharing details from their personal life at work. In fact, according to a recent study by the Human Rights Campaign, 81% of people surveyed said they talk about their social and personal lives at work at least weekly.

Yet the same study found that over 70% of people think it’s inappropriate for LGBTQ people to talk about their personal lives at work. There’s a double standard when it comes to bringing your whole self to work, and it can have a real personal and professional impact.

Why the disconnect? Often there’s no intended malice, but there are a number of barriers that block even well-meaning people from being accepting and inclusive.

That’s why Grovo has begun to address some of those barriers in our new microlearning content about sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace.

Why now?

The new sexual harassment compliance training laws in California include sexual orientation and gender identity. But this is a topic that needs to go beyond check-the-box compliance: for businesses to thrive, employees need to be able to bring their whole selves to work. Enabling an inclusive work culture is essential to helping individuals and teams succeed.

As a result, this is the right time to begin a refresh of our Sexual Harassment and Discrimination content. In this refresh we’re including content on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity aimed not only at legal protection, but also at changing workplace culture to be more inclusive, supportive, and ultimately enable more employees to thrive.

Created by content producer Brett Simpson, our new Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity content includes four topics:

  1. The Basics of Gender and Sexuality: Understand the terms, learn why it’s important to know them, and start speaking more inclusively with your colleagues. Meet our subject matter expert, Ernie Aguilar, who can help navigate through the process of creating an inclusive environment.
  2. Promote Inclusion for LGBTQ Colleagues: Learn simple actions you can take to be more inclusive, and ways to check that you’re not accidentally being exclusive. Meet our contributor, Jasmine Lopez, who helps bring all the practices to life with real-world examples and advice.
  3. Contribute to an LGBTQ Inclusive Culture: Learn strategies to bring inclusive practices to your workplace—no matter what position you hold in the organization. These strategies range from interrupting microaggressions to updating outdated forms or policies.
  4. Rights and Protections for LGBTQ Employees: Aimed at managers, in this section you learn how sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination is treated under the law, and how you can make sure you’re not only protecting your employees, but your company as well.

Creating a more inclusive workplace is a no-brainer—beyond being the “right thing” to do, it’s good business practice. Research has shown that diverse teams are more likely to succeed. We know it’s not always easy though. That’s why we’re here to help.

Check out our first lesson, “Navigate Using Gender and Sexuality Terms at Work,” and start your journey toward creating a more inclusive culture.