LGBT in Danish Workplaces: Perceptions of LGBT Employees and Inclusion Acts of the Working Environments

Efstratia Baxevani & Helene Lind Matthiesen

Student thesis: Master thesis

Abstract

The research presented in this paper is set out to study the relationship between the LGBT community and Danish workplaces. The purpose of this paper is to consider the historical revolution, legislative acts, and change in societal opinions on LGBT rights in Denmark and study whether LGBT people perceive the Danish workplaces as open and inclusive as they profess to be and how Danish companies include LGBT people into the work environments.
The empirical data for this paper depends on qualitative research that was conducted in Copenhagen, Denmark. Interviews were conducted with a total of nine people with a sample group that reflects diversity of sexual identity, gender, social class, and location. Furthermore, our data builds on an online survey conducted on 196 LGBT and non-LGBT people in Denmark.
Through our research we have gathered knowledge allowing us to answer the following research questions:
RQ1: “What are the LGBT perceptions of Danish workplaces?”
RQ2: “How are these workplaces including the LGBT community?”
The insights gained in this thesis displays the obstacles LGBT people face in the Danish work environments and how LGBT people navigate their identities depending on the perceptions they have of others.
Our study provides vital insights in the area of how companies can succeed in their diversity management in terms of LGBT minorities. Furthermore, the thesis demonstrates how Danish companies lack knowledge in the area of how LGBT people perceive and are perceived.
This thesis adds the body of literature in diversity management, organisational change, and LGBT inclusion. Our study sheds light on an overlooked topic in diversity and HR management and demonstrates how companies can benefit from making adjustments to the way they construct the company culture.

EducationsMSc in Business, Language and Culture - Diversity and Change Management, (Graduate Programme) Final Thesis
LanguageEnglish
Publication date2018
Number of pages175