June is Pride Month

Give some thought to assess whether your organization is implementing best practices. Same sex marriages and civil unions have been legally recognized in CO for years. Are your policies and benefits equally applied, such as parental leave and health benefits? To avoid discrimination claims, assure that hate speech and harassment is not tolerated. Don’t just list and prohibit illegal conduct, but assure management and owners buy-in to a culture that values diversity, inclusion, and leadership opportunities. Diversity training should be conducted in a live forum every other year, if not annually, depending on turnover rates and whether incidents occur. Keep abreast of LGBTQ community support groups and resources if referrals are requested. Moreover, consider walking your talk by participating in a Pride event--attend a parade, enter a float, or host a happy hour. Employees who feel respected and supported tend to be more loyal to your workforce.

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