Surprising results to first ever LGBT employees survey in India

Out employees are more successful at top Indian companies

Surprising results to first ever LGBT employees survey in India
13 February 2012

Openly gay employees at companies like Accenture, Goldman Sachs, Google and IBM in India are happier and more successful in their careers if they are out of the closet.

The results of the first Mingle (Mission for Indian Gay & Lesbian Empowerment) LGBT Workplace Diversity and Inclusion
Survey showed that employees who are out of the closet have greater trust in the employers, are more likely to have entrepreneurial aims, are more satisfied with their rate of promotion, feel more loyal to their organisation and are more likely to stay working for their company, than their closeted counterparts.

‘The survey negates a lot of myths that we had, especially the fear that when LGBT employees come out there is going to be a lot of harassment and negative impact on their professional life,’ Udayan Dhar who co-ordinated the project at Mingle told Gay Star News.

‘In every single aspect that we tried to cover with regards to performance, happiness, job satisfaction or employee engagement, it is the openly LGBT employees who faired, not greatly better, but a significant degree better than employees who are closeted. So the lesson for all LGBT employees is, staying in the closet is not actually a very good idea.’

Four hundred and fifty-five respondents from 17 top companies answered the survey. Sixty-five % of respondents were gay men, 25% were lesbians and 10% were bisexual.

The fact that there were no transexual respondents suggests that they are facing discrimination before they get into the workplace in India.

A third of respondents reported harassment at the workplace and nearly 80% reported hearing homophobic comments in their offices. But most out LGBT employees had not experienced discrimination from their managers.

Dhar said that another striking aspect of the survey is LGBT employees awareness of companies’ diversity and inclusion policies – 90% said that those policies are a factor they consider before joining a company.

‘Because of this, employers have to take this into consideration, otherwise, if they aim to attract and retain the best talent, they can not do it while ignoring almost 10 per cent of the workforce,’ said Dhar.

Mingle will now meet with the employers covered by the survey to advise them on how they can improve their treatment of their LGBT employees.

‘A lot of managers from these organisations have asked us for more details, so they want to engage on this issue,’ said Dhar.

The full results of the survey are available on Mingle’s website here.

HAVE YOUR SAY

MORE TOP STORIES

No thumbnail available
No thumbnail available

How gay porn forced one politician to quit his election race

Alessio De Giorgi, founder and owner of Gay.it, was forced to pull out of Italy's general election with Mario Monti's party because he owns dating websites
No thumbnail available

Ricky Martin talks about his boyfriend of four years

'We complement each other beautifully in many ways'
No thumbnail available

The Imitation Game, Pride and Love is Strange among movies up for GLAAD Media Awards

The Normal Heart, Transparent, Looking and How to Get Away With Murder get nods in crowded TV categories
No thumbnail available

Host of BET Awards pre-show says he was forced to take off make-up and heels before going on air

B. Scott: 'I wasn't going to say anything but my spirit is truly hurt'
Munich introduces gay traffic lights for Pride

Munich introduces gay traffic lights for Pride

Inspired by Vienna, Munich lights up traffic with same-sex couples
No thumbnail available

Anti-gay pamphlet referred to South Australia police

Pamphlets criticized a local Adelaide council’s decision to fly the rainbow flag, included alleged facts about the health of gay men in Australia
Give your favorite summer food a zingy apple twist with these three recipes

Give your favorite summer food a zingy apple twist with these three recipes

SPONSORED: Some Pink Lady® apples, some spice and everything nice make these three recipes our summer favorites
No thumbnail available

Poland trans lawmaker to run for president

Anna Grodzka is the first transgender MP in the conservative Catholic country
No thumbnail available

Taiwan government to study same-sex marriage in Asia

Ministry of Justice commission study to attitudes to same-sex marriage in Asia