LGBT-inclusive work culture must include Generation Y: Ernst & Young

    TORONTO, June 25 /CNW/ - As Generation Y makes its debut on the corporate
stage, Canadian companies need to ensure lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender (LGBT)-inclusive efforts evolve with changing workforce
demographics to include all groups, Ernst & Young says.
    "LGBT people can face real challenges that leave them feeling isolated or
disconnected in the workplace," explains Bruce Goudy, Ernst & Young partner
and Canadian leader of the firm's Beyond network. "We must constantly evaluate
our programs to ensure they continue to meet the needs of our
employees-including the newest and youngest members of the workforce, many of
whom have had a more accepting campus experience than prior generations and
are looking for the same from a prospective employer. A baby boomer may have
very different needs compared to someone from Generation X or Generation Y.
Our initiatives are intended to address those generational differences."
    With that in mind, Ernst & Young is talking to Generation Y employees in
Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal. We're using one-to-one discussion
and feedback to learn more about the specific LGBT-related hurdles Generation
Y faces in the workplace, and how programs can be aligned with their
priorities and needs. Open and honest discussion is the first important step.
    "We've worked hard to make Ernst & Young a place where everyone can feel
comfortable, be themselves and achieve their goals. But the challenges this
generation faces might be different from what their parents and grandparents
encountered - and we want to tailor our efforts to help navigate those
issues," Goudy says.
    Ernst & Young is recognized as a global leader for its pioneering efforts
to create inclusive workplaces. The Beyond network is one example. Beyond is a
network for LGBT people, and their allies.

    About Ernst & Young

    Ernst & Young is a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and
advisory services. Worldwide, our 130,000 people are united by our shared
values and an unwavering commitment to quality. We make a difference by
helping our people, our clients and our wider communities achieve potential.
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For further information: To discuss leading practices in developing an
LGBT-inclusive work culture, or to speak with Bruce Goudy, please contact;
Amanda Olliver,, (416) 943-7121; Ines Gomes,, (416) 943-2095

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