Points to consider in cupporting 2SLGBTQIA+ employees during the anti-trans marches being held across Canada on September 20th.
These events can create an environment of stress and concern for your 2SLGBTQIA+ employees and employees who are parents/guardians of 2SLGBTQIA+ children, regardless of whether they plan to participate in counter-protests or not. Employees may have to travel past these marches on their commute and potentially be subjected to harmful messaging through news broadcasts and social media.
Here are some steps that employers can take as an organization to demonstrate a commitment to these employees’ well-being:
1. Communication: Openly communicate with employees about the events and acknowledge the potential impact they may have on our 2SLGBTQIA+ colleagues. Encourage employees to share their concerns and offer a platform for dialogue.
2. Flexibility: Be understanding of employees who may need flexibility on September 20th. This could include adjusting work hours, providing the option to work remotely, or allowing time off for those who wish to participate in peaceful counter-protests.
3. Supportive Resources: Ensure that employees are aware of the support and resources available to them. This could include Employee Assistance Programs (EAP), counseling services, or 2SLGBTQIA+ support networks within the company.
4. Non-Discrimination Policies: Reiterate your company’s commitment to non-discrimination and inclusivity through our policies and code of conduct. Remind employees that discrimination or harassment of any kind will not be tolerated.
5. Training and Awareness: Provide training and awareness programs on 2SLGBTQIA+ issues for all employees to foster understanding and empathy within the workplace.
6. Safe Spaces: Designate safe spaces within the workplace where employees can take a break or seek support if needed.
7. Allyship: Encourage employees to be allies and offer their support to their 2SLGBTQIA+ colleagues. Create a culture where everyone stands up against discrimination.
8. Community Engagement: Consider sponsoring or participating in 2SLGBTQIA+ events or organizations to show your solidarity with the 2SLGBTQIA+ community.
We believe that these steps will not only support your 2SLGBTQIA+ employees during this challenging time but also reinforce your commitment to diversity, inclusion, and equal rights within your organization.