workplace-diversity1The Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) released the results from a survey of 590 full-time employees in Ireland, and while one third of respondents reported workplace harassment, it also found that it’s in a business’ best interest to celebrate employee diversity — including the LGBT ones.

Other findings include recent hires being twice as likely to hide their sexuality as longstanding employees, and stress about being “open” around the office was noted across the board.

The survey concluded that productivity and work quality was notably higher in those who were out and happy in the workplace.

Makes sense.

David Roche, director of Diversity Champions, said of the findings:

“Good employers know that people people perform best when they can be themselves. While this research shows the challenges faced by many lesbian, gay and bisexual employees, it also clearly shows why it makes good business sense to address these issues.”

Mike McKerr, managing partner at Ernst and Young adds:

“We believe this creates stronger business and competitive advantage in attracting and retaining LGBT professionals, critical for better innovation and business performance.

Truly diverse companies recognize, celebrate, and embrace differences.”

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