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Luke Visconti is CEO of DiversityInc
Do You Need to Know the
Orientation of Your Coworkers?
It’s not the role of a company to promote LGBT propaganda. All employees are
equal and I don’t have to know about colleagues’ sexual orientation.
Note to readers: This is why diversity training must be mandatory. We know the orientation of most of our coworkers; we learn about their spouses, their children and their families. A workplace would be a very cold and sterile one if you didn’t have that kind of interaction. However, if the workplace isn’t LGBT-friendly, your LGBT coworkers don’t have the freedom the heterosexual folks have. Aside from the punishment of hiding yourself for the majority of your waking hours, it is almost impossible for a person to be promoted very far without having a comfort level with their superiors. Promotions, especially to senior manage- ment, require a great deal of mutual trust—something that is impossible to develop if you’re forced to hide such a fundamental part of who you are. Please think about this. Can you imagine the workplace atmosphere surrounding this person? If you’re tempted to agree, put a group that’s near and dear to you in place of LGBT. For example, try this on for size: “It’s not the role of the company to promote Black propaganda. All employees are equal and I don’t have to know about a colleague’s cultural background.” Or “It’s not the role of the company to promote woman propaganda. All employees are equal and I don’t have to know about colleagues’ gender.” Also, let’s not make an issue of the companies that promote workplace equality. I recently got a death threat from a guy using the e-mail address from the bank where he works. There are creeps working at every company. Training helps them tuck in their creepiness while at work. I
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