Alan Walker and Joanne Lockwood discuss the challenges trans people face when being open in the workplace, and talk about the things employers need to do to provide a better environment for openness.

Alan Walker and Joanne Lockwood discuss the challenges trans people face when being open in the workplace, and talk about the things employers need to do to provide a better environment for openness.

They discussed:

  • Why in 2019, trans people shouldn’t be apprehensive about being open in the workplace but that history tells us that statistically, they have faced unfair discrimination
  • That employers are afraid to engage with trans people – for fear of doing the wrong thing – or worried how their customers will treat a trans person
  • What employers can do to train and educate their staff, to provide a receptive environment, where trans people feel comfortable about being open
  • Why people – all people, not just trans – are more productive when they’re able to be themselves
  • How a workplace can be a great place for stability and normality and can contribute hugely to an individual’s mental health
  • Why micro-aggressions such as not immediately updating a trans person’s name on IT systems should be removed
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