Paylocity's Support Makes Positive Impact on Nonbinary and Transgender Employees

March 25, 2024

When employees feel safe to be their authentic selves, work performance and job satisfaction increases.

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By: Kal Minehan

Talent Acquisition Manager, Paylocity

Paylocity's support makes positive impact on nonbinary and transgender employees 

Every year on March 31, the world marks Transgender Day of Visibility, an occasion to increase awareness about transgender individuals. This day is celebrated to honor and recognize the lives and contributions of trans people, while also shedding light on the challenges such as poverty, discrimination, and violence they still confront.

I identify as nonbinary, tranmasc and publicly came out in May 2023. I had finally decided that I needed to let go of social norms and the fear of disappointing other people, and step fully out as me. I had incredible support from my family, friends, and colleagues at Paylocity and that support continues.

Coming out and transitioning at work can be incredibly challenging. It is important that employers have systems and policies in place to support the transgender community. 

Paylocity has found many ways to support their nonbinary and transgender employees, including:

  • The ability for employees to share and use their preferred name and to adjust and select gender identity.
  • The use of and options for visibility of pronouns in meetings, email signature, and other places where name/pronouns appear within our software suite though our Preferred Name and Pronouns Policy.
  • Our Employee Resource Groups, specifically our Equality ERG, whose mission is to champion LGBTQIAP+ awareness, education, events, and major initiatives while serving as a resource to our all employees, as well as positively influencing our company culture and communities.
  • Through following the U.S. Department of Labor’s Equal Employment Opportunity Guidance as well as our own anti-discrimination policy that includes sex, gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation.
  • Allowing employees the right to use the restroom that best corresponds to their gender identity or expression with our Restroom Accessibility Policy.
  • Providing access to an Employee Assistance Program, which helps support our wellbeing, manage relationships, workplace challenges, and legal advice.
  • Providing support and best practice guidance to our Human Resources team, supervisors, and employees in our Supportive Gender Transition Policy.
  • Providing and requiring Unconscious Bias, Anti-Harassment, Anti-Discrimination, and Anti-Bullying training that includes sex, gender identity, expression, and sexual orientation.
  • Medical travel reimbursement benefits through our health care provider. 
  • By joining hundreds of large employers in signing the Human Rights Campaign’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act, an action urging Congress to pass federal legislation of anti-discrimination protections for all members of the LGBTQIAP+ community.
  • And by standing firm in our opposition of all discriminatory efforts and legislation that single out Transgender and LGBTQIAP+ individuals for mistreatment or diminish their rights and standing for full rights and inclusion for all people and have made this a public company policy announcement.

When employees feel safe to be their authentic selves, work performance and job satisfaction increases. I can attest to this as being able to out in every aspect of my world has been freeing.  

On this Transgender Day of visibility, I ask you to join me in supporting my community. Here are two simple, but impactful things you can do that can help the Trans community.

  • Learn. Be open to learning about gender, it is more complex than male and female! I can’t recommend the book, the GENDER book, enough! It’s a great resource that illustrates the beautiful diversity of gender – a Gender 101 course for anyone and everyone through fun, colorful, and knowledgeable content.
  • Use pronouns. By sharing your own pronouns routinely, it encourages others to do the same and it demonstrates an understanding and importance of sharing pronouns. Also, using someone’s correct pronouns is an important way of affirming someone’s identity. I encourage everyone to add pronouns to email signatures, personal profiles, and other social connection platforms.

Happy Transgender Day of Visibility to my trans brothers, sisters, and siblings. I see you and stand with you as we continue to navigate our journey!