Transgender from all angles
The 2018 National Employment Solutions Conference will be held at Twin Towns Services Club, Tweed Heads, NSW over the 8th – 9th October.
The conference provides the opportunity to be involved through presenting, learning, engaging, networking and collaborating with other professionals within the employment sector.
Joining us at the conference is Miss Melissa Griffiths, Consultant at Melissa Griffiths who will present on ‘Transgender from all angles’.
It is important that organisations whether large or small have guidelines or a policy or some policies in place around gender identity and gender-fluid, intersex, non-binary and transgender people. The reasons are many why this is important. Firstly, it gives clear written information about what the terminology is and means around this. Also, it sets out the etiquette in the workplace for employees when dealing with one of their fellow employees who are either gender fluid, intersex, non-binary or transgender.
It also sets out the process of what will happen in the workplace when a person transitions from male to female or female to male whilst working for that organisation. It outlines the steps that will occur in the workplace when this happens.
For the person involved there would be an expectation that they will work with management to develop a transition plan that is appropriate to their circumstance as well as the workplace. This involves working out a timeline for the person to transition in the workplace, anytime time off required for medical appointments or to prepare to come back to work in their identified or preferred gender. It also identifies any training in the workplace that may be required as well as outlining toilet usage and when to notify their fellow employees in their team and workplace.
Finally, having guidelines/polices in place sets the standard for all employees of that organisation in terms of what is expected of them when dealing with a fellow employee who is transitioning in the workplace or is transgender. Also, it guides employees when they are dealing with customers/patrons who are transgender or identify as gender-fluid or intersex. This protects the employee from discrimination and also being harassed in the workplace or by a customer in retail stores or by club patrons.
Melissa raises awareness on gender identity and transgender rights. She is a consultant, MC and keynote speaker who was finalist for 2017 Victorian LGBTI person of the year award. Melissa has raised a lot of awareness around how to make the workplace more inclusive for transgender people. Melissa has also managed to get a gender identity policy introduced at several race clubs including the Victoria Racing Club. Melissa is a media commentator who was featured on Studio 10 last year and has spoken on radio as well about gender identity as well as recently speaking at Vic Roads.
For more information on the 2018 National Employment Solutions Conference and to secure your spot, please visit www.employmentsolutions.net.au