Two-thirds of the employed adult population (67 per cent) feel more can be done to welcome lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered employees
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A Pride flag is raised during a ceremony at Queen's Park in Toronto on Monday, June 23.
Canadian businesses need to do more to ensure that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered employees feel welcome and valued in the workplace according to the newly released Sodexo Workplace Diversity Survey, a Leger poll of employed Canadians. Sodexo is a global leader in services that improve quality of life, an essential factor in individual and organizational performance.
Two-thirds of the employed adult population (67 per cent) feel more can be done to welcome LGBT employees. However, the LGBT community is more likely (81 per cent) to feel that businesses generally need to strive harder.
The survey also found that half of working Canadians (49 per cent) believe their employer should do more to ensure that LGBT employees feel comfortable being themselves in the workplace. However, when the same question is asked of working Canadians in the LGBT community that number jumps considerably to 59 per cent.
Overall, support for work cultures more welcoming of LGBT employees is widespread. Nine-in-10 employees (89 per cent) believe that workplace cultures should welcome all employees, regardless of sexual orientation.
When asked about overall workplace diversity, 72 per cent of Canadians feel that it should be a priority for Canada's business leaders. Again, in the LGBT community that number jumps significantly to 85 per cent.
"Diversity is a tremendous source of strength for all businesses," said Dean Johnson, president and chief executive officer of Sodexo Canada. "It's not just the right thing to do, it's the smart thing to do."
"We envision a nation where LGBT individuals can bring their authentic and whole selves to work enabling them to achieve their full potential," said Matt Petersen, chair of Pride at Work Canada. "It's important to celebrate the high degree of support among working Canadians for workplace cultures that welcome LGBT employees, just as it's vital to highlight and address the areas for improvement."