New booklet on "How to include transgender people in your workplace – A guide for forward-thinking employers" [Download here]
Stonewall's relationship with trans people could best be described as having been a bit rocky of late. I'm not going to rake over the history – just google "stonewall protest" if you don't already know.
This week, however, Stonewall Scotland has published a really useful good practice guide as part of a move to incorporate transgender equality into their workplace programme.
"Changing for the Better" is a 34 page A5 booklet produced in conjunction with Scottish Transgender Alliance. It deals with:
- the business case for welcoming and supporting trans employees in the workplace;
- how to develop effective policies and procedures; and
- ten straightforward steps to begin workplace trans inclusion.
Introducing the new guide Stonewall Scotland's Director, Calum Irving writes:
"Whilst almost all our campaigns are transgender inclusive, this guide marks our first steps towards incorporating transgender equality into our workplace programme, and builds on Diversity Champions Scotland, our good practice forum for employers on sexual orientation."
Scottish Transgender Alliance say on their website news
"The development of this new guide is an excellent example of partnership work"
The guide is intended as a practical resource for organisations specifically wanting to ensure their workplaces are supportive and inclusive of their trans staff. It outlines employers' legal obligations and examines the nature of anti-trans discrimination and harassment, and the impact this type of behaviour can have on individual staff members, the working environment and an organisation's external reputation.
The publication was based on existing in-depth UK and Scottish research into the workplace experiences of trans people, and also the ongoing joint policy and good practice work of the Scottish Transgender Alliance and Stonewall Scotland's Diversity Champions members.
In addition to the three major themed sections mentioned above, the guide also contains details of organisations where further guidance and support can be obtained, plus a handy glossary of terms as they are used and understood in Scotland.
Changing for the Better isn't the only guide of this type – others have been produced by Unions such as Unison and PCS – and more specialised information is available in certain sectors, such as guides published by the Department of Health. Nevertheless, this convenient-sized and highly readable booklet is a very helpful addition to the range of material available, and has a special significance – coming from an organisation which has developed a name in encouraging employers to strive for greater all-round LGBT inclusiveness.
Downloads or Ordering
The guide is available online in PDF format [Download here].
Printed copies can be ordered from Stonewall Scotland: 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh, EH3 6TE. Telephone +44 (0)131 557 3679. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.