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How to create a global LGBT network in your organization

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How to create a global LGBT network in your organization

In a world where the workplace is becoming more and more volatile, uncertain, complex and ambiguous, it is now imperative for businesses to concentrate on global collaboration.

With the advancements in technology and our constant connection to the world, our businesses have to catch up with the global movement. So, what are the benefits of a global LGBT Network?

What are the top 10 benefits of global collaboration between your LGBT Network groups?

1. Opportunities for knowledge sharing

A diversity of thought and culture can help generate a breadth of new ideas and practises, which can hugely benefit the business as a whole. In relation to LGBT issues, sharing knowledge and experiences will enable everyone to understand individual challenges and create a cohesive strategy within your business.

2. Raising your brand awareness and creating a bigger profile

In supporting your LGBT Networks globally, you can increase brand awareness and create a stronger, more positive image around the world.

3. Economy of scale – saving costs

A larger business means a bigger budget, but working collaboratively can actually reduce costs and create results because the goals and processes are the same worldwide opposed to managing individual offices with their own standards.

4. Raising the bar and setting standards

Working globally enables senior leaders to create overall goals and standards, which can be implemented in every business around the world. This allows for set standards that everyone is working towards, therefore creating a more cohesive business.

5. Sense of community and Inclusion

Global Collaboration can create a conclusive, connected network of employees, experts and leaders all fostering the same goals and values. This helps to create a fantastic support network for your LGBT employees and build an environment in which everyone can be themselves. This can then lead to greater connectivity and access to senior leaders.

6. Understanding of different cultures

Global collaboration also opens doors to learning about other cultures and how to create a company strategy that benefits all cultures. This can be exciting as well as challenging within the LGBT sphere as there are many countries where being gay is taboo.

7. Ability to challenge one’s own preconceptions and see an outside perspective

Following on from the above point, collaborating globally can challenge individual preconceptions and enable new ideas to come to the forefront. Learning about other sexualities, cultures and beliefs increases your global awareness and fosters inclusivity.

8. Creation of cultural contacts and personal development

Being global can open a lot of doors for employees to create more connections and network on a larger scale, enabling them to grow as people and develop their skills, which ultimately helps your business.

9. Mobility – both for company and employees

Collaborating globally can achieve greater mobility both for the company and their employees. This enables experts to travel to other offices delivering LGBT network best practises and working well with the team there. It also opens further business opportunities for the company and potential for expansion.

10. Solidarity

Lastly, collaborating globally creates a culture of solidarity in the company. If everyone is supporting one another and working well together to deliver set goals, then it will create an environment in which LGBT employees feel empowered.

What are the potential barriers to global collaboration?

Potential barriers to global collaboration can include:

  • Lack of awareness
  • Time zone differences
  • Background and cultural differences
  • Language barriers – miscommunication
  • Measure of impact – hard to measure what you are delivering
  • Geographical issues – ie. scattered LGBT employees in smaller teams
  • Lack of motivation
  • Funding – budgets
  • Lack of practical senior support
  • Technology difficulties
  • Bias
  • Political barriers – building walls instead of bridges
  • Legislation
  • Reluctance to share best practises and individual successes
  • Organisational readiness - internal politics
  • Setting a global standard
  • Denial that there is a problem
  • Lack of vision or shared goals
  • Fear of change
  • Uncertainty about whether there will be a return of investment or that it will live up to expectations

These barriers can be tackled and, as a business, diversityjobs.co.uk Ltd has created partnerships with some of the leading specialists who can advise you on how best to achieve global collaboration between your LGBT Network groups.

We believe that everyone should be treated the same and allowed to be themselves at work. In Stonewall’s most recent Workplace Equality Index, 56% of lesbian, gay or bi employees felt comfortable revealing their sexuality to colleagues and 53% to managers and senior colleagues, similarly, 40% of trans employees were comfortable disclosing to colleagues and 41% to senior staff, but we believe that this should be higher. If you agree and wish to do more for your LGBT employees, we can help you achieve your goals.

We are the leading diversity careers site with over one hundred top UK employers committed to creating an inclusive workplace being advertised on our site. diversityjobs.co.uk creates a cohesive environment in which candidates can view the fantastic work of our employers, including their LGBT policies and events.

VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please call 02037405973 or email [email protected] for more information.

We are also officially recommended by Disability Confident as a step on achieving Employer status, please click here for more information.

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VERCIDA works with over one hundred clients who are committed to creating an inclusive work environment. If you are an employer and interested in working with VERCIDA to promote your diversity and inclusion initiatives and attract the best candidates, please email [email protected] for more information.

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