New research has revealed that over one in 10 (11.7%) professionals have experienced homophobic bullying at work, with a further 15.4% having witnessed a colleague being subject to this kind of prejudice.
The survey from CV-Library of 1,200 UK workers sought to explore the topic of diversity in the workplace, particularly amongst the LGBT community. Professionals were asked if they were open about their sexuality at work and if they felt comfortable being so, revealing that over a third (37.9%) felt pressure to be open about their sexual orientation when starting a new job. Other key findings include:
- Nearly three quarters (71.3%) of those that identify as LGBT are open about their sexual orientation at work
- However, one in 10 (10.7%) said that their employer doesn’t actively support LGBT diversity in the workplace
- That’s despite over half (51.4%) of UK professionals believing that employers should do more to support LGBT diversity at work
Lee Biggins, founder and managing director of CV-Library, comments: “It’s positive to see that so many professionals feel they can be open with their co-workers and employers in regards to their sexual orientation, but you should only share this information if you feel comfortable doing so. That said, it’s concerning to learn that so many are being affected by discrimination and bullying of this kind and it’s clear that organisations across the UK need to do more to actively support LGBT diversity in their workplace.”
To find out more, download the full CV-Library press release here.