Beyond Pride month: The poor state of workplace inclusion

We have entered Pride month, which probably didn’t go unnoticed as many large companies celebrate the LGBTQ+ community in visible ways. However, although awareness of Pride is increasing, creating a genuinely inclusive culture means taking year-round action, which is still often not the case. 

The 2023 Deloitte Global Gen Z and Millennial survey gathered the views of over 22,000 people in 44 countries and found that non-inclusive behaviors at work remain commonplace. Last year a striking 61% of Gen Z’ers and 49% of Millennials say they have experienced harassment or microaggressions, like being excluded from informal interaction or conversations, being patronized/ undermined by leaders based on gender or experiencing unwanted jokes at their expense.

Especially respondents in underrepresented groups report heightened levels of stress and anxiety. 56% of LGBT+ Gen Zers and 49% of LGBT+ Millennials report that they feel stressed or anxious all or most of the time. This is significantly higher than the overall respondent base. At the same time, especially those groups affected are less likely to report harassment, and even when they do report it, they are also less likely to feel their organization has handled it well.

Fostering psychological safety is one of the most important factors in creating an inclusive work environment and preventing people from experiencing burnout. In the workplace, this is based on a culture of mutual trust and respect. It ensures that employees feel secure enough to speak up and be vulnerable.

To ask for attention for all the queer-washing this month, Kessel Kramer came up with this little campaign.