ILGA Oceania – Out@Work

Workshop titled ‘The Opportunities and Limitations of Diversity and Inclusion Training in the Workplace’ presented by Jo Wrigley and Rauhina Scott-Fyfe.

Out@Work is the Council of Trade Union’s network for lesbian, gay, takataapui, bisexual, intersex, transgender and fa’afafine union members. It provides a voice for workers who are ‘out’ or closeted in their workplaces.

Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR): “the continuing commitment by business to contribute to economic development while improving the quality of life of the workforce and their families as well as of the community and society at large.” Studies have shown New Zealand to be lagging in this area.

Cause Related Marketing (CRM): a mutually beneficial collaboration between a corporation and a nonprofit in which their respective assets are combined to: create shareholder and social value. The cause is something with a real need, the marketing must feature real people, and needs to make a real difference. Pinkwashing is something that can occur as a result. ANZ gAyTMs are a local debated initiative.

Hillman (2013) quotes Art Ryan, former CEO of Prudential Financial, as telling him “If you can’t bring your whole self to work every day, we don’t get the best of you”. This is the challenge of authenticity in leadership. Reinforced by psychologists and leadership academics who write about the importance of authenticity and its contribution to individual happiness, inclusiveness and acceptance. Authenticity in the workplace can only be effected with the support and acceptance of colleagues and managers.

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