Sexuality Shouldn’t Dictate Who We Nominate In Our Insurance

My journey of coming out at work began when I sought to enrol my partner in the health insurance policy and got support from my employers!

I am Ketan Bajaj, currently employed as a Nat Cat Modeller at Swiss Re. I take pride in being open about my identity as a member of the LGBTQIA+ community in my workplace. My journey of coming out at work began when I sought to enrol my partner in the health insurance policy offered by an external vendor to employees.

In a significant milestone for the Bangalore location, this was the first instance of including same-sex couples in the policy. With the assistance of my manager, Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) head, and HR department, the process was seamless.

Coming out takes courage and builds confidence!

On the occasion of National Coming Out Day, I shared a blog detailing my personal journey of accepting my sexuality, coming out to my parents, and registering my partner under the health insurance provided by Swiss Re.

Though, I was aware of Swiss Re’s inclusive environment and robust ally network, the overwhelming response I received from everyone regarding my blog moved me to tears.

Following my coming out, I experienced an increased sense of confidence, heightened productivity, improved mental well-being, and an enhanced ability to express my authentic self. Openly embracing my identity allowed me to forge stronger connections with my colleagues and relieved me of the burden of concealing a significant aspect of who I am.

I no longer have to suppress my true identity within the workplace.

Why inclusion in workplace matters?

Inclusion in the workplace holds immense importance for both employees and employers. Extensive research has consistently shown that inclusive workplaces boast higher retention rates, expanded customer bases, increased talent attraction, and improved employee engagement and well-being.

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Notably, the World Bank estimates that discrimination against LGBTQIA+ individuals can cost economies up to 1% of GDP. Various studies have demonstrated that workplaces with inclusive policies foster higher job commitment and a more productive environment.

For individuals to feel protected and comfortable coming out at work, a robust and vocal ally network is essential. Allies act as a protective barrier, amplifying our voices by challenging prejudice and bias while creating a safe space through their unwavering solidarity.

Be vocal and make allies!

To truly achieve inclusion, we require more vocal and consistent allies who can influence organizations and institutions to advocate for inclusive policies, hiring practices, and greater sensitization regarding the LGBTQIA+ community.

These allies are instrumental in fostering safe spaces for dialogue and learning by dismantling systemic biases and challenging discriminatory practices.

In conclusion, the impact of genuine workplace inclusion cannot be overstated. It holds the power to transform lives, inspire innovation, and drive organizational success.

However, achieving true inclusion necessitates the presence of allies—individuals who comprehend the significance of diversity, equality, and inclusion and actively strive to create a fairer and more equitable world for all.

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Image source: Ketan Bajaj, created on CanvaPro

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