Non-binary inclusion at work

Clip art of two people wearing non-binary colours and waving a non-binary pride flag.

14 July was International Non-Binary People’s Day. Did you know that date was chosen for being precisely between International Women’s Day (8 March) and International Men’s Day (19 November)? We didn’t!

As a belated celebration, we want to share some resources with you.

Out & Equal have a guide to Best practices for Non-Binary inclusion in the workplace (as well as a recording of the resource’s launch event). When asked to prioritise which inclusive practices were most important to their workplace experience, non-binary employees listed these as their top 5:

  1. Inclusive dress codes
  2. Non-binary genders on records
  3. Gender neutral titles
  4. No tolerance policies
  5. Gender-neutral restrooms

How does your organisation stack up in these areas?

Lily Zheng writes about 4 ways to improve the workplace experience for people of all gender identities and expressions:

  1. Interpret non-discrimination policies in a way that’s actually effective
  2. Examine your hiring practices
  3. Rethink dress codes
  4. Make transition policies flexible

The personal stories in the article really bring these ideas to life and show how non-inclusive our workplaces can be.

You can also hear Lily talk about their research on the workplace experiences of people who identify as trans and/or gender-diverse on the Harvard Business Review’s Women at Work podcast. Their reflections on how the gender binary can restrict cis people too adds an interesting dimension to this discussion.