Priyanjul is a Java developer, loves photography and travel, reads fiction, self-help and queer literature and identifies as a cis (identity and gender corresponds with sex assigned at birth) gay man who prefers the pronouns he/him/his. He believes all of this and more defines who he is and has been vocal about owning his authentic self. What helps him feel more comfortable? A culture of outspoken allyship helps tremendously. It makes him feel accepted and confident in the workplace.
Kinjal is part of the strategic delivery center, loves to run, is an active member of the UBS Pride Network in India and identifies with the pronouns she/her/hers. Being part of the Pride network has opened up opportunities for her to learn, connect and effectively champion an equitable work environment.
Rahul, within the Operations team, is a leader with a big influence. Recently, he joined reverse mentoring sessions conducted by our partner Pride Circle to build on his understanding of gender, sex, sexual orientation, and the challenges faced by the LGBTQ+ community.
What connects all three? Their belief that the workplace should be a safe and welcoming space for every individual.
What makes a workplace inclusive?
Priyanjul believes that a strong non-discrimination policy is just the first step towards an inclusive workplace. “Sensitivity and privacy are just as important. Not asking personal or embarrassing questions without being invited to do so, is just as critical, as it is to champion the cause.”
“The power of small changes is immense. Whether it’s making our policies gender neutral or setting up all gender restrooms, or running sensitization sessions for staff, every little bit matters when it comes to shifting beliefs and building safe spaces,” shares Kinjal about her experience as a Pride champion.
Rahul adds, “Simply listening and learning has been an eye-opening experience for me. Knowing about the LGBTQ+ community is one thing, but having one-on-one conversations to understand their challenges, experiences and successes establishes a new sense of appreciation and respect towards people and their resilience.”
Priyanjul concludes by saying, “Having access to platforms like the Pride Network or Employee Resource Groups and sensitizing employees to respect individual boundaries is a great step forward in building an inclusive environment where each of us can thrive.”