May 25, 2021 • Workplace5 min read

How to celebrate Pride Month with your teams at work

Pride Month is celebrated every June around the globe, and while UK Pride events have been postponed again this year due to COVID-19 you can still celebrate with your colleagues to mark the occasion and work towards making your company a more inclusive place for LGBTQ+ employees.

Every year in June, countries across the world celebrate Pride Month and the LGBTQ+ community with marches, protests, parades and more. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the UK's Pride celebrations like London Pride have been postponed until late summer or cancelled altogether. But that doesn't mean you can't celebrate this historic month with your teams at work in a safe way - whether they're in the office or working from home.

And while celebration includes plenty of fun, there's also lots that companies and employees can do to make the office and remote work environments more inclusive for LGBTQ+ colleagues. So, we've included a variety of ways for teams to celebrate Pride at work below:

1. Educate, learn and discuss

Take this month to learn more about the LGBTQ+ community, the history of Pride, key figures and how best to be an ally.

Your company could host an informal discussion session based on a resource like a short article, video or documentary to get people talking and learning from one another. Or set up a series of short education and celebration pieces to be posted on your internal comms platform throughout the month. In this, you could highlight important and influential LGBTQ+ figures, for example, or share reading/watching lists for your colleagues to use in their own time.

Be sure to invite your own LGBTQ+ colleagues to take part in the event planning or in leading discussions if they'd like to.

2. Look into your workplace policies & hiring practices

Your HR, People, and Talent teams should take this time to go through company policies and hiring practices with a fine tooth comb to ensure that there is no room for discrimination. 

According to the CIPD's report on LGBT+ working lives, LGBTQ+ employees are "more likely to experience workplace conflict and harrassment than their heterosexual, cisgender counterparts". Off the back of its report, the CIPD recommends actions that people professionals can take, including setting clear policies of what's acceptable and not, building peer support and allyship networks, collecting meaningful data on staff, providing targeted and effective training, and more.

Overall, it's important to build and foster an inclusive workplace culture where employees feel they can bring forward any concerns they may have and know that their company will take it seriously.

3. Hold a focus group for your LGBTQ+ employees

Even with zero-tolerance policies in place, LGBTQ+ employees may face discrimination at work. So, if you want to know how LGBTQ+ colleagues feel and what they are experiencing at your company, there's no better way to find out than by asking! You could hold a focus group, led by an LGBTQ+ employee to ensure it's a safe space for colleagues to discuss their experiences. One person should be present to take notes, keeping opinions and experiences anonymous (if participants want that) so that attendees feel more comfortable sharing.

Once the focus group has finished, draw up some key themes and actions to pass onto your HR/People team or senior leadership. This can help guide your company to be more actively inclusive and tackle any issues or observations that attendees have brought forward.

4. Encourage employees to include their pronouns wherever possible

Person holding up sign saying 'hello my pronouns are'

Pronouns and gender identity are important to all of us, whether we identify as LGBTQ+ or not. And one way to be an ally to trans and non-binary people is to include your own pronouns (she/her, he/him, they/them, etc.) in your email signatures, Slack bios, LinkedIn profiles and more.

Including your pronouns wherever possible helps to normalise the practice and can make spaces safer for trans people to share their own pronouns. You might also consider implementing gender-neutral language recommendations in the workplace as well as gender-neutral bathroom facilities.

5. Donate to charities that support the LGBTQ+ community

There are lots of great charities doing important work to support the LGBTQ+ community. So, during June (and beyond) your company could set up a donation or start a fundraiser that colleagues can participate in and donate to.

If you're looking for inspiration, take a look at the British LGBT Awards top 10 charities and community initiatives.

6. Decorate your office or home workspace

If you're back in the office, why not give it a little Pride makeover in June with some rainbow flag bunting? Keep it eco-friendly by purchasing recyclable decorations that you can use time and time again! You could also order some Pride lanyards or pins for employees to wear if they'd like.

And even if all or some of your colleagues are working from home, they can still join in by decorating their own desk or workspace!

7. Enjoy Pride-themed treats together

Sweet treats decorated in bright colours with hearts

At Just Eat for Business, we love to celebrate with food - and Pride is no exception! Whether your teams are in the office or working from home, we've got plenty of delicious Pride-themed treats for them to enjoy.

How about some DIY cupcake kits from Kute Cake? Or beautifully decorated rainbow Oreos from La di da Sweet Treats? With options for both home and in-office delivery, the whole team can celebrate Pride together!

Get in touch with us to order!

Happy Pride! 🏳️‍🌈