On this episode of the Radical Candor podcast, Kim, Amy and Brandi discuss coming out at work and Amy and Brandi share their stories. In response to an unprecedented spike in discriminatory legislation, The Human Rights Campaign recently declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people in the U.S. Visibility matters — we want folks who might be struggling to know that we see you. That you deserve to be here. And to thrive!
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Radical Candor Podcast Episode At a Glance: Coming Out at Work
During Pride Month (June), Amy got an email from HR Dive about what’s a stake for those who are out at work. It reminded her that it was time to worry less about other people’s biases and more about how she might help someone else. It inspired her to write this blog post, and our podcast team to record an episode exploring what it’s like being LBGTQ+ and coming out at work.
According to HR Dive: Nearly half of the employees surveyed in a recent Glassdoor poll feared being out at work could harm their careers — either causing them to lose their job, be skipped over for a promotion or not be chosen for a project.
At the same time, 40% of LGBTQ+ workers haven’t shared their identity at work, according to Society for Human Resource Management research. One in five said they thought doing so would affect their chances of being promoted.
Radical Candor Podcast Checklist: Coming Out at Work
- Give the folks you work with who do want to share their stories a chance to share their stories to amplify their voices the way Jason said he’s happy to support sharing Amy’s blog posts far and wide sharing this podcast far and wide. Give people a chance and amplify unheard voices.
- Part of caring personally is respecting people’s boundaries. Don’t ask people questions that they may be uncomfortable answering and don’t assume that because you would be comfortable answering a question another person is comfortable answering that question
- Be inclusive and acknowledge and promote visibility. Please don’t put people in boxes, whether it’s about identity attributes or imposing different vocabulary on them. Let each person decide for themselves, how they want to define and introduce themselves.
Radical Candor Podcast Resources: Coming Out at Work
- Radically Candid Pride: Coming Out at Work
- Coming Out – Human Rights Campaign
- 7 Myths About Coming Out at Work
- Coming Out at Work
- Pride Month Shows Employers Have a Long Way to Go
- Supporting LGBTQ+ Workers’ Mental Health
- Beyond rainbow washing: Supporting LGBTQ+ at work and beyond
- How to support the LGBTQ+ community at work and beyond
- What Not To Say Someone Who Has Come Out As Bisexual
- Coming out at work: transgender scientists share their stories
- Nearly half of LGBTQ employees in the US think being “out” at work is a bad career move
- Why Bisexual Adults Report Higher Rates of Mental Distress – The New York Times
- The 10 Most Groundbreaking Bisexual Characters of All Time
- Your Guide to the Best Online LGBTQ+ Counseling Options in 2023
- Read the ‘Yep, I’m Gay’ Ellen DeGeneres Interview From 1997
- Attitude: As Bisexual Awareness Week approaches, four bisexuals tell us if they feel accepted in 2023
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The Radical Candor Podcast is based on the book Radical Candor: Be A Kickass Boss Without Losing Your Humanity by Kim Scott.
Episodes are written and produced by Brandi Neal with script editing by Amy Sandler. The show features Radical Candor co-founders Kim Scott and Jason Rosoff and is hosted by Amy Sandler. Nick Carissimi is our audio engineer.
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