5 Ways to Celebrate Pride Month in Your Office
Pride Month is a time to celebrate and support the LGBTQ+ community. It’s a chance to promote inclusivity and create a safe environment for your employees. Embracing Pride Month in the workplace not only promotes diversity but also encourages a culture of acceptance and equality.
In this blog post, we’ll explore ten ways to celebrate Pride Month in your office, creating a vibrant and supportive atmosphere for everyone.
How can you celebrate Pride Month in the workplace?
1. Organise Awareness Workshops
One way you can celebrate Pride Month in your office is through hosting workshops and presentations to educate employees about LGBTQ+ history, issues, and rights.
Inviting local speakers and experts from LGBTQ+ organisations can help to facilitate discussions on topics like gender identity, workplace inclusivity, and allyship. By organising and implementing these workshops into the workplace diary, you can help to raise awareness and promote understanding among employees.
It’s also important to understand that these workshops are not only relevant during Pride Month, but should also be held throughout the year to ensure LGBTQ+ members of staff continue to be recognised and understood in the workplace.
2. Decorate the office with Pride themed accessories
Hanging Pride flags and banners around the office to show support for the LGBTQ+ community can also be a great way to visibly celebrate during the month. Rainbow flags, transgender flags, and other pride symbols can create a welcoming and inclusive environment, and signal to your workforce that everyone is respected and accepted.
Why not consider letting your workers decorate the office? Not only will this help to get everyone involved in the activity, but it is also a great team-building task, too.
3. Donate to a LGBTQ+ charity
You can also celebrate Pride Month in your office by donating to a local or global charity that supports the LGBTQ+ community.
Donating to a charity that addresses issues related to sexual orientation discrimination will not only emphasise the inclusive nature of your company, but it will allow you to showcase your company’s corporate values, which can be pivotal when it comes to both staff and customers feeling represented by your company.
4. Organise a Pride themed office party
A Pride party is another great way to celebrate Pride Month with the entire company, that could also provide a fantastic opportunity for team bonding, too.
When organising your Pride party, give teams their own duties that will contribute to the finished party product. Whether this be food, decorations, drinks, or baking a rainbow coloured cake, getting your staff involved in the planning process will help them feel involved.
You can even make your Pride party more interesting by inviting an LGBTQ+ speaker to talk to your staff about any relevant topics surrounding the LGBTQ+ community, and how they can become allies to those within the community.
It wouldn’t be a celebration without gifts! Bringing together a Pride themed bag full of goodies can add an extra bit of fun to your Pride party. You would just need some bulk gift bags and a few company gifts to fill them with. Why not try rainbow themed desk decorations, stationery, as well as a few educational resources that will provide them with relevant information about Pride?
5. Encourage your employees to read Pride themed literature
Encouraging your staff to engage with LGBTQ+ literature can be a relevant and fun way to teach your team more about the community. Providing your staff with a list of recommended books they should read can be a great place to start. Alternatively, you could also consider introducing a monthly office book club.
Selecting books that focus on and teach your team about issues the community faces, or where the author is part of the LGBTQ+ community, can help with employee engagement and get your staff actively involved in conversations straight away.
Of course, we understand that books can be expensive, particularly when bought on a monthly basis – some staff may not have the luxury of being able to do this.
So, for staff that would like to take part in this activity during Pride month, why not give them a few corporate gift cards to encourage them to redeem against books? This way, your colleagues can learn about Pride, without having to worry about the cost.
Why is it important for your staff to engage in Pride Month?
Celebrating Pride Month in your office is an excellent way to foster inclusivity, respect, and equality for all employees. By implementing a range of celebrations, you can create a workplace culture that embraces diversity and supports the LGBTQ+ community.
Remember, fostering an inclusive environment is a continuous effort, so by actively celebrating Pride Month, you can take an important step towards building a more accepting and supportive workplace for everyone.
Celebrate Pride Month with corporate vouchers
If you’d like to support your office’s Pride celebrations, gifting in the form of business gift cards can help to subsidise the cost of your Pride activities. If you’d like to learn more about our corporate gift vouchers, click here.