5 Ways to Create a Gender-inclusive Workplace

July 20, 2022 | 281 Views

5 Ways to Create a Gender-inclusive Workplace

Patrick Yearout, FMP, CHT

Director of Innovation, Recruiting, and Training | Ivar's & Kidd Valley Restaurants

This article first appeared in Hotel Management magazine, July 2022.

Hospitality companies will often go to great lengths to ensure that guests feel welcome, appreciated, and comfortable in their hotels, but can they say the same about all their employees, especially the growing number of workers who are gender-nonconforming and do not label themselves as either male or female? With recent surveys showing over 1 million adults in the US, as well as 26% of LGBTQ youth, identifying as nonbinary individuals, it’s an important section of both the current and future workforce that this industry should be actively courting.

If you would like to create a more inclusive workplace for gender-diverse individuals, here are 5 suggestions to get started:

As the gender-diverse community continues to expand across the county, efforts that you take to educate your workforce, adapt hotel guidelines and policies, and foster inclusivity will go a long way to help set your company apart from your competition and demonstrate that hospitality can be for everyone.  

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