India Inc. Yet to Become Truly Inclusive

India Inc. Yet to Become Truly Inclusive

Where do Indian organisations stand in terms of readiness for LGBTQ+ inclusion? How are members of the LGBTQ+ community treated at their workplaces in India? Will India Inc. be able to successfully create an accepting culture of inclusion in the future? These are just some of the questions that a recent survey by Randstad tried to find answers to.


Members of the LGBTQ+ community believe that their identity is lost under the pretext of neutrality at the workplace. The environment turns out to be less attractive when intrusiveness is often construed as curiosity. Even in workplaces where discrimination is not externally apparent there is an existent a rather underlying toxic culture which makes members of the community feel less than comfortable and out of place.


There is also lack of clarity when it comes to whom to approach or seek help from in case there is discrimination or bias. While formal policies are in place, they have not been advocated aggressively. Members of the community are of the opinion that true inclusiveness will come about, only if the members are considered for leadership roles and core roles, and not expected to only lead LGBTQ initiatives. Instead of focusing on fancy diversity and inclusion (D&I) content and forums, D&I should be made part of the organisational DNA.


Other facilities and benefits that would make workplaces more inclusive are gender-neutral washrooms, insurance/health cover for same sex partners, competitive salaries, and so on.


Another observation is that the vision/policies pertaining to inclusion are limited to human resources alone. In addition, while there are many opportunities offered for women to discuss and talk about their rights and safety, the LGBTQ+ community remains relatively ignored.


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