Pride month is drawing to a close, so there’s no better time to reflect on the events that have taken place to celebrate the LGBTQ+ community, raise awareness about LGBTQ+ history, and ensure pertinent conversations are continued all year round.
One personal learning that I can take away from this month is that young LGBTQ+ people are at a much higher risk of homelessness than their peers, with the LGBT Youth Homelessness report finding that 24% of the UK’s homeless population (aged between 16 and 25) identify as LGBTQ+. Through our fundraising events during Pride month, we have raised over £12,000 for our charity partner End Youth Homelessness, which works to ensure a positive future for homeless young people across the UK.
Now it's time to consider how we can take these insights into the issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community and turn them into meaningful action beyond the month of June.
Companies that create supportive work environments and empower employees to be themselves will reap the benefits, both in terms of culture and business results:
By taking these manageable steps toward fostering a more inclusive work environment, as well as learning more by signing up for ED&I training courses, companies can ensure all employees thrive in their roles and feel comfortable to be their whole selves at work.
Simon joined Hays in 2006, having commenced his recruitment career in 1993. Initially responsible for our businesses in Western Australia and Northern Territory, Simon relocated to the UK in 2014 where he was responsible for our operations in the West & Wales and Ireland, before being appointed Managing Director of the UK & Ireland business in 2018.
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