Across continents, the Tessian community is formed of diverse and intersectional people collectively working to secure the Human Layer. But, this month we’re proud to honor the contributions of LGBTQ+ Tessians and the importance of freedom of sexual orientation and gender expression in the workplace.
With Human First as a core value at Tessian, we approach everything with empathy and we look out for each other alongside our own wellbeing. Respect, kindness, and inclusion are at the core of our company because our humanity is what makes us who we are.
That’s why we’re launching Tessian Plus. And, we’re thrilled that within one month of launching the initiative, the group already holds more than 10% of the company — a significant minority and higher than the expected average.
The Plus mission
Plus is formed around a core mission to:
- Ensure an inclusive and respectful environment for all employees
- Raise awareness of, and represent the views and issues of, LGBTQ+ employees
- Provide a support network for LGBTQ+ employees
- Create opportunities to socialize with other LGBTQ+ employees
- Offer confidential support when needed
- Provide guidance to Tessian as an employer on policy and how to enhance its diversity strategy
What is Plus?
Plus is an employee-led LGBTQ+ resource group for anybody identifying as LGBTQ+. The group operates as a “safe space” for all Tessian LGBTQ+ employees to network, socialize, and share experiences behind closed doors.
With Plus, we’re proud to create a private community for employees to express their sexual orientation and gender identity. And, by building from the ground-up, we will form a vocal committee of LGBTQ+ employees who can advise Tessian’s leadership on policies+, diversity initiatives, and how to operate as a point of contact for employees experiencing homophobic, biphobic, or transphobic bullying and harassment.
It’s important that these channels are private. Why? Because even though we enjoy a culture of general acceptance of LGBTQ+ professionals in the workforce both in the UK and US, keeping the community private and confidential ensures it’s a safe space – especially for those individuals who aren’t as comfortable wearing their identity on their sleeve. That’s why it’s essential that we always work to preserve peoples’ right to decide when it is right for them to publicly disclose their identity.