National Coming Out Day is an annual observance celebrated on 11th October in many countries around the world. It is a day dedicated to raising awareness about the issues faced by LGBTQ+ individuals and encouraging them to “come out” and openly share their sexual orientation or gender identity with their friends, family, and colleagues. The day also serves as a reminder of the ongoing work needed to create a more inclusive and accepting society for all.
Ashley’s coming out experience at Goodman Masson:
I moved to London, away from family and friends, to start a career in recruitment. Upon joining Goodman Masson, I felt nothing but acceptance and inclusion from day one. From the inclusive language used, to the multiple internal networks with the aim of creating a safe space for members or supporters of those groups, I felt I was able to be myself from the day I started. This feeling was backed by the extensive D&I training I received right from my first week on what is expected of those joining the business around how we treat each other and how we can educate our clients.
I’m aware I’ve been fairly fortunate in my coming out journey; it has never affected my work or my ability to feel comfortable in the workplace. I’m now lucky enough to co-chair the pride group, steering the LGBTQIA+ initiatives, with the aim that like me, people also feel comfortable to be themselves in the workplace.
What does Goodman Masson do to ensure all employees feel comfortable coming out?
Goodman Masson can reaffirm its commitment to creating an inclusive workplace where all employees, regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, feel safe, respected, and valued.
Inclusive Policies: Reviewing and updating company policies to ensure they are inclusive and non-discriminatory, especially with regard to LGBTQ+ employees.
Partnering with LGBTQ+ Organisations: Collaborating with LGBTQ+ organisations and charities to provide support, donations, or volunteering opportunities. We are also proud members of Campaign. Campaign is a peer-to-peer network group for LGBTQ+ recruiters and those who work in the recruitment industry, designed to provide support, networking opportunities, and education for businesses to make the world of recruitment more inclusive for LGBTQ+ people.
Click here to learn more about how we are placing Diversity, Inclusion and Respect at the heart of everything we do.
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