Diversity Guides

Brian McNaught's Gay & Transgender Issues in the Workplace Blog

Archive for November, 2007

Cultural Competence

Saturday, November 10th, 2007

In our attempt to create a safe and productive work environment for ourselves, gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender people have asked their employers to bar discrimination, provide domestic partner benefits, establish an employee resource group (ERG), and mandate diversity training. The latter is the only reliable means of bridging the chasm between corporate policy and corporate culture.

Heterosexuals, for the most part, feel unprepared to be proactively supportive of their company’s efforts to value diversity. The best they feel they can do is to refrain from engaging in behaviors that would be considered hostile. Read more…