The latest edition of this guide covers all aspects of sexual orientation and gender identity diversity in the workplace. Straight Talk About Gays in the Workplace: Creating an Inclusive, Productive Environment for Everyone in Your Organization, Third Edition includes new and updated information on: domestic partner benefits; educating employees about sexual orientation and gender identity; nondiscrimination policies; effective employee networks and alliances; sensitive issues that involve transgender people; opportunities for marketing to the LGBT community; internal and external outreach programs; and new information focused on LGBT youth and academia inclusive of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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.