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Navigating LGBT+ Inclusivity in International Assignments

At Cornerstone, we understand that fostering inclusivity is essential for creating a supportive work environment where all employees feel valued and respected. For LGBT+ employees who are relocating internationally for assignments, ensuring inclusivity is not only important but also crucial for their well-being and success. In this blog post, we’ll explore the importance of creating inclusive workplaces for LGBT+ employees during international assignments and discuss strategies for supporting them throughout the relocation process.

Why Inclusivity Matters: For LGBT+ employees, navigating international assignments can present unique challenges related to cultural differences, legal protections, and social norms regarding sexual orientation and gender identity. Without adequate support and resources, LGBT+ employees may face discrimination, harassment, or difficulties accessing essential services in their new host countries. Creating an inclusive work environment that values diversity and promotes equality is essential for ensuring the safety, well-being, and success of LGBT+ employees during international assignments.

Strategies for Support:

Research LGBT+-Friendly Resources: Before relocating, LGBT+ employees should research LGBT+-friendly neighborhoods, healthcare providers, and social support networks in their new host countries. Websites, forums, and local LGBT+ organizations can provide valuable information and recommendations for LGBT+-inclusive services and communities.

Provide Comprehensive Support: Employers should provide comprehensive support for LGBT+ employees throughout the relocation process, including assistance with finding LGBT+-friendly housing, healthcare, and legal resources. Employee resource groups (ERGs) or diversity and inclusion initiatives can also offer valuable support and networking opportunities for LGBT+ employees. 

Offer Cultural Sensitivity Training: Cultural sensitivity training can help prepare LGBT+ employees for the cultural nuances and social norms regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in their new host countries. Training sessions should cover topics such as local laws and regulations, LGBT+ rights and protections, and strategies for navigating cultural differences with respect and sensitivity. At Cornerstone, we provide cultural sensitivity training to prepare LGBT+ employees for the cultural nuances and social norms regarding sexual orientation and gender identity in their new host countries.

Create a Supportive Workplace Culture: Employers should foster a supportive workplace culture that values diversity and promotes inclusivity for all employees, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. Encouraging open communication, providing access to LGBT+-inclusive policies and benefits, and actively addressing discrimination and harassment are essential steps in creating a safe and welcoming environment for LGBT+ employees.

Moving Forward Together: By prioritizing LGBT+ inclusivity in international assignments, employers can create environments where all employees feel safe, valued, and empowered to bring their authentic selves to work. At Cornerstone, we are committed to supporting LGBT+ employees throughout their international assignments and beyond, and we recognize the importance of creating inclusive workplaces where everyone can thrive.

Ensuring LGBT+ inclusivity in international assignments is not only the right thing to do but also essential for creating a supportive and welcoming work environment for all employees. By implementing strategies for support and fostering a culture of inclusivity, employers can empower LGBT+ employees to succeed and thrive in their new host countries.

At Cornerstone we are dedicated to promoting diversity, equality, and inclusion in all aspects of our business, and we are committed to supporting LGBT+ employees throughout their global mobility journeys.

Contact us now to learn more and take the first step toward fostering inclusivity and diversity in your global mobility initiatives!

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