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Bring Yourself to Work Day

8 August 2017

On Tuesday 15 August 2017 CNWL staff networks are hosting a Bring Yourself to Work Day.

This day celebrates and encourages staff to bring their whole self to work. This means being able to be open about who you are with colleagues, patients and service users. Staff will be sharing things about themselves that their colleagues may not know, such as hobbies and interests. Staff can also bring in examples of their favourite authors, films and TV programmes and anything that they would like.

On a daily basis, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people (LGBT) have to make decisions about whether to be open about their sexual orientation at work. Whenever they meet a new colleague or team they have to consider how someone might respond to their sexual orientation and whether it is safe to open up at work.

Not being true to yourself can make people feel unhappy and isolated as you edit out an important part of who you are. Our LGBT+ Staff Network launched the rainbow lanyard scheme to help identify LGBT+ roles models and straight allies in the workplace. We have now created a role models booklet  (opens PDF) that you can download to profile staff across the organisation who are open at work and want to share their challenges and successes and also their career journeys; to inspire others to do the same.

Bring Yourself to Work Day will include speakers, workshops and stalls. We will be fundraising for Stop Hate UK, one of the leading national organisations working to challenge all forms of hate crime.

Download the Bring Yourself to Work Day information resources pack (opens PDF)

If you are a CNWL staff member and would like to learn more about how you can get involved, download the event poster (opens PDF) and register on Eventbrite.