- Mar 14, 2023
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- Category: Abstract of 3rd-icgss
Proceedings of The 3rd International Conference on Gender Studies and Sexuality
‘The Problem Is Not That We Are Trans’: Work Experience of Transgender and Gender-Diverse People in The Australian Organisational Context
Robin C Ladwig
Examining the experiences of transgender and gender-diverse (TGD) individuals in the labour market, relations with organisational conditions, as well as connections of workplace values, reveal enablers and barriers for TGD individuals’ work engagement and career trajectory. The corpus of literature in organisation and management studies revealed a gap concerning the work experiences of TGD people in organisations as well as their participation and inclusion in the development of organisational structures or policies. This research outlines the influence of transgender and gender diversity on organisational structures, workplace policies, work culture, and organisational or employee values. The qualitative multi-method research project involves two parts. The first study entails semi-structured online interviews with TGD individuals to explore TGD-specific experiences with the workforce and career development. Followed by a photo-elicit open-ended questionnaire with organisation and management personnel of various businesses to evaluate the level of awareness regarding enablers and barriers for TGD individuals in the Australian organisational context. The information gained from the research identifies numerous material and embodied enablers and barriers concerning organisational structures, policies, and work values that are influential to organisational gender diversity and inclusion of TGD employees resulting in practical recommendations, e.g. diversity-oriented leadership style, and theoretical implication, e.g. the expansion beyond the cis-normative gender binary.
keywords: barriers, enablers, gender diversity, inclusion, trans employees