Straight Talk about Gays in the Workplace: Creating an Inclusive, Productive Environment for Everyone in Your Organization / Edition 2

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Find out how being more LGBT inclusive can increase your organization’s productivity—and revenues!

Workplace diversity can provide creative strength and greater productivity regardless of the organization. Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace: Creating an Inclusive, Productive Environment for Everyone in Your Organization, Third Edition presents a frank discussion about all the relevant aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity in the workplace. The author reveals how to incorporate diversity in your organization to foster greater loyalty, greater understanding, and greater productivity.

Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace: Creating an Inclusive, Productive Environment for Everyone in Your Organization, Third Edition is the latest edition of the National Library Award-winning guide that explains terms, provides strategies for implementation of policies and programs, and gives you practical tools to educate and inform employees about a workplace environment inclusive of diversity. While previous editions concentrated on the diversity of sexual orientation, this edition has been expanded and extensively updated to include the needs and issues of transgender people. Other updated information includes showing the advantages of creating an LGBT inclusive environment, discussing in-depth about the financial rewards of marketing an organization as being open to the LGBT community, and explaining the benefits of presenting these topics in public schools and higher education. Several appendices are included to provide additional resources divided into categories such as “workplace education,” “transgender,” “marketing,” “family and the schools,” “legal,” and “business.” The book also features a useful bibliography, an assessment tool to gauge sexual diversity in your organization, a guide for transitioning transsexuals, and another appendix that presents research and recommendations as to how school campuses can make themselves more inclusive and less discriminatory.

Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace: Creating an Inclusive, Productive Environment for Everyone in Your Organization, Third Edition discusses:

  • updated information on domestic partner benefits
  • educating employees about sexual orientation and gender identity
  • the latest information on non-discrimination policies
  • effective employee networks and alliances
  • sensitive issues that involve transgender people
  • opportunities and benefits of marketing to the LGBT community
  • internal and external outreach programs
  • crucial tax and insurance information
  • new information focused on LGBT youth and academia inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity
  • and much more!
Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace: Creating an Inclusive, Productive Environment for Everyone in Your Organization, Third Edition makes essential reading for human resource professionals; executives of every type of organization; LGBT employees involved with diversity efforts; affinity groups focused on orientation and/or gender identity; educators; students; and anyone interested in studying the role of sexual orientation or gender identification diversity in the workplace.
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
How do American companies develop diversity in programs in their workplaces today that successfully integrate gays and lesbians into the corporate fabric of inclusivity? This question is the first premise for both these books. Bob Powers and Alan Ellis, long-time diversity trainers, look at specific individualsgay/lesbian/bisexual/heterosexualwho have come to terms with sexual orientation workplace issues themselves and influenced others in a positive way. In six chapters the authors build on these personal accounts to explore how managers can implement diversity programs and make them work. A highlight of the book is a listing of "101 ways to make your workplace more inclusive." An excellent resource listing concludes the work. Winfield and Spielman, who are founders and principals of Common Ground, a consulting firm that specializes in workplace education about sexual orientation, offer a far more ambitious book. While they also incorporate personal stories to make points, they succeed in creating a far more comprehensive manual on how to achieve true diversity for sexual minorities. In addition to describing successful corporate diversity programs (notably Lotus and AT&T), they go on to cover discussions of what "domestic partnership benefits" are and how they can be realistically achieved in work settings. Both works are recommended to general readers.Richard Drezen, "Washington Post" News Research Ctr., Washington, D.C.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781560235477
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 6/28/2005
  • Series: Haworth Gay and Lesbian Studies
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 230
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1. The Changing Landscape
  • Dealing with What Is Now
  • It’s About All People
  • The Inherent Argument
  • What Do We Really Choose?
  • What’s Actually Changing
  • The Language Used in This Book
  • The Rest of This Book
  • It’s a Moving Target
  • Chapter 2. Strategies for Inclusion in the New World
  • What the Work Is For
  • Ground Rules for the Work
  • The Work
  • Tools and Techniques
  • Chapter 3. The Facts of the Matter
  • Important Terms
  • Coming Out: Individuals to Organizations and Back
  • Organizational Coming Out
  • Replacing Myths with Facts
  • Chapter 4. Meaningful and Effective Workplace Sexual Orientation Education
  • Diversity Education Must Be a Process
  • Three Questions
  • Implementation of Sexual Orientation Education in the Workplace
  • Chapter 5. Meaningful Education and Policy About Gender Identity
  • What Transgender Is
  • What Transgender Refers To
  • Transsexuals
  • Nondiscrimination Policies
  • Transition Planning
  • Chapter 6. Employee Networks: Expanding Challenges and Roles
  • A Winning Structure for Employee Networks
  • Mission Statement
  • Objectives
  • Organizational and Operational Details
  • What a Good Employee Network Can Accomplish
  • Brown-Bag Functions
  • Demographic/Environmental Surveys
  • Religion
  • Chapter 7. LGBTs and the Marketplace: Progressiveness Pays
  • The Business Case: An Example
  • What’s at Stake in Dollars and Cents
  • Advertising to the LGBT Market
  • Best Practices in Advertising
  • A New Kind of Supplier Diversity
  • “The Equality Principles” and Shareholder Activism
  • Client-Acquisition Education
  • Chapter 8. DPBs, Civil Unions, and Same-Sex Marriage
  • An Important Note to Begin
  • Domestic Partner Benefits
  • Civil Unions
  • Other Provisions Short of Civil Unions or Legal Marriage
  • Why Same-Sex Marriage Is Inevitable
  • What’s at Stake in Marital Status
  • Where Same-Sex Marriage Stands Now
  • Why Same-Sex Marriage Means Business
  • Chapter 9. It’s Academic
  • Sex Education in the Public Schools
  • GLSEN: What It Is, What It Does
  • Gay-Straight Alliances
  • Higher Education
  • Why It All Matters
  • Appendix I. Resources
  • Online Resources
  • Selected Bibliography
  • Appendix II. Tips for Transitioning People
  • Planning for Transition on the Job
  • Appendix III. Assessment Questions
  • Appendix IV. Campus Climate Survey Recommendations
  • Appendix V. Strategies for Managing Transition
  • Notes
  • Index
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