C-suite inaccessible for many transgender workers

Our partners, McKinsey, have some new insights into the participation, plight, and precarity of transgender people at work. As Pride 2022 begins this month, we’re dedicating our #GWPrideSeries articles to educate, inform and inspire the lenses through which allies, leaders and our community advance our LGBTQI+ community.

All too frequently, the transgender experience may not even register on the radars of employers when they work on corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts,” says McKinsey. With this steering thought, their first ‘Being Transgender at Work’ report highlights the uniqueness of our transgender community’s expereince in the woklplace.

For starters, more than half of transgender employees say they are not comfortable being out at work, while two-thirds remain in the closet in professional interactions outside their own companies.

Of the transgender people in the survey — 50% of transgender respondents were in non-management positions and only 19% occupied senior roles — comparatively lower than the more than 30% of cisgender respondents in management.

Just how supported transgender people feel in the workplace, the challenges faced when climbing the ladder, the level of support from managers are also explored.

Employers cannot continue to ignore a significant population that experiences systemic barriers to employment, work performance, and career progression” and McKinsey have also included policy options that focus on employees across the gender spectrum.

“All too frequently, the transgender experience may not even register on the radars of employers when they work on corporate diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts” — McKinsey

This is the first time McKinsey has published on the transgender experience. We applaud them for committing to further develop our research in this area and look forward to future insights. Have questions or feedback about their research? McKinsey welcomes the dialogue from readers.

“Employers cannot continue to ignore a significant population that experiences systemic barriers to employment, work performance, and career progression” — McKinsey

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