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The worlds of entertainment, media and government have increasingly focussed on transgender (‘trans’) issues, whereas the business world seems a little slower to catch on. Dr. Beauregard (Middlesex University Business School, UK), Dr. Arevshatian (Kingston University Business School, UK), Dr. Booth (London School of Economics and Political Science, UK) and Professor Whittle (Manchester Law School, UK) explored the issue of the lack of the trans voice within the workplace. The researchers found that only 17% (Beauregard et al., 2016) of the websites for major British organisations referenced trans individuals. The researchers concluded that trans voices are largely silent in the workplace, exploring possible causes and implications for both individuals and organisations.
This study aimed to illustrate the extent to which trans voices are heard or unheard in the workplace.
1. A search on each website’s diversity or employment pages
2. A manual search for keywords using the search function on the company website
3. A manual search using Google for the company’s name and keywords
While most companies referred to gender or sexual orientation, only a minority referenced trans individuals:
1. Whilst 97 organisations referenced gender, and 74 referenced sexual orientation, only 31 companies made relevant reference to trans individuals on their websites.
2. Only 17 of those referring directly to transgender individuals (the other 14 made indirect references to ‘LGBT’)
3. The term that was used most often when referring to the trans community was ‘LGBT’, followed by ‘gender reassignment,’ ‘gender identity’ and/or ‘gender expression.’ This implies that companies view trans individuals as part of the larger LGBT group. Additionally, organisations may focus primarily on trans individuals who change their genders.
The researchers proposed five possible reasons for the lack of trans voice within organisations:
The findings above have several implications for organisations seeking to improve their inclusion of trans employees:
For more information, contact Andrew Vitaliti
To read the full article, see Beauregard, T. A., Arevshatian, L., Booth, J. E. and Whittle, S. (2016) “Listen carefully: transgender voices in the workplace.” The International Journal of Human Resource Management, DOI: 10.1080/09585192.2016.1234503.
Andrew Vitaliti is a Senior Analyst in our Governance, Regulation and Conduct group in Advisory in Sydney. His specialities include insurance and more broadly, all of financial services. He primarily assist clients with their conduct practices with a view of producing better consumer outcomes. His background includes working in market strategy at a large insurance carrier in Ohio the United States. Additionally, he also worked at the state legislature for Ohio. He also have received Masters in Business Administration from The Ohio State University, majoring in Strategy and International Business.