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Help your employees be themselves at work

from Harvard Business Review Blog Network

How can managers create workplace environments where people feel comfortable being themselves? Research has shown that hiding our true identities can cripple professional performance. For instance, closeted LGBT employees feel much more isolated at work than their openly gay peers, and 52 percent of closeted employees feel their careers have stagnated, compared to just over a third of their out colleagues. But this isn’t just an issue for LGBT professionals. The Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion report, “Uncovering Talent,” reveals that 61 percent of all employees “cover” their identities in some way – not necessarily hiding something, but downplaying it for fear of drawing unwanted attention or making others uncomfortable. more

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