Angelique and her now-wife decided to rush down to the courthouse and get married right away, “as we never thought we would see that change in our lifetime.” When she called her manager, Rachelle, she said she was met with support.
“I called my supervisor, Rachelle Chapman, to break the news,” Bovee recalled. “She told me to take the day off and was wonderfully supportive throughout. This is just one small example of many times Rachelle has gone above and beyond to be inclusive and welcoming. I couldn’t ask for a more supportive manager throughout my time with the Adecco Group.”
In celebration of Pride Month this June, hear from employees about their challenges, their victories, and their perspectives as members of the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+ allies. Below, their thoughts on the importance of bringing your true self to work – and how companies can institute meaningful and lasting change.
The Importance of Bringing Your True, Authentic Self to Work
In the past, there used to be a much more distinct separation between an employee’s personal and professional world, Javier said. But the truth is that work has become an important part of our everyday lives: we invest a lot of our time in work, we build close friendships at work, we grow at work, and some people even find their significant others at work.
“If you can’t bring your best self to work, you can’t be your best,” said Bovee, who self-identifies as queer. “Being comfortable to come to work as your authentic self not only sets up an environment of excellence, but also can bring a diversity of thought.”
“Because being your true self at any time will give you so much more energy to start your day and there it all begins,” said Bart Bierinckx, who is Payroll and Services Officer at Adecco Belgium and self-identifies as gay.
It gives employees the freedom to wake up free of any negative thoughts about what people might think about you, he said. “At the end of each day, I experience a lot of positive feelings: self-confidence, respect and appreciation. I believe that every employee should be able to feel ‘at home’ at work, regardless of their background or their preferences. When you feel good at your workplace, you also perform better which results in satisfied employees but also satisfied customers and associates.”