Working With Pride Report: Issues affecting LGBT+ people in the workplace

Executive Summary / Introduction

LGBT+ people make up between 2-5% of the population of the UK but are still experiencing high levels of discrimination in the workplace and significant inequalities, especially around mental health and wellbeing.

Working with Pride combines insights from two of BITC’s flagship studies (Mental Health at Work and Equal Lives) produced in partnership with Mercer Marsh and Santander, to shine a light on the issues facing LGBT+ people in the workplace. The report finds that:

  • Nearly three-quarters of LGBT+ people said that they had experienced mental health problems relating to work (74%)
  • Experience of mental health issues was a third higher among LGBT+ employees
  • Younger LGBT+ employees were found to be particularly vulnerable
  • Gay & bi+ employees are not accessing carers’ support as much as their colleagues

Based on the findings in this report we have made three core recommendations for businesses to act upon: Recognise, Respond and Role Model.

  • Recognise - Explicitly recognise that there are LGBT+ people working for you, with you, and receiving your services as customers and clients.
  • Respond - Review, with LGBT+ staff, policies and procedures to ensure that the structural organisational response is accessible and explicitly inclusive of LGBT+ people and their needs.
  • Role Model - Celebrate diversity and inclusion through role models, staff diversity and ally networks and Executive and Board Champions

The Full Story

Our short report shares our findings and highlights the biggest inequalities that LGBT+ colleagues face. In order to act upon our recommendations, we list a few of the agencies that can provide expert and evidence-based advice on creating more inclusive workplaces, as well as share case studies from our two partner organisations Mercer Marsh Benefits and Santander.