Trans-friendly Guidelines for Singapore Employers
The following list of trans-friendly guidelines has been created by the Singapore transgender community as a reference for local companies to work into their company HR policies and managerial training. While Queer-friendly guidelines are available internationally, trans-specific recommendations are often missed out due to under-representation in companies. If you are interested to be listed as a trans-friendly company, or have a job vacancy to share, kindly write to us at email@example.com.
- Ask for and respect the use of pronouns, including they/them.
- For HR to add pronouns or salutations to official sign-offs, with managers also highly encouraged to express their allyship publicly in this small show of support.
- Allow employees to access toilets of the gender they identify with, or have gender-neutral facilities.
- Consider a gender-neutral dress code or uniform. Focus on a professional or neat appearance. instead of specifying gendered restrictions (e.g. long hair, makeup, specific clothing).
- Adopt gender-neutral language: for example, using “they” instead of “his/hers” in communications or when you are unsure about the right pronoun to use for someone.
- Ensure all HR and managers go through a form of trans-inclusivity and sensitisation training.
- Be publicly trans-inclusive on your careers website, job application process & application forms. e.g. include gender identity in diversity statements, and have a non-binary option in forms asking for gender.
- Update harassment & anti-bullying policies to be gender and trans-inclusive.
- Be considerate of gender identity in HR processes. Safeguard gender identity data and don’t out trans employees without their consent.
- Include coverage for transition healthcare in company insurance plans.
- Enable minority communities to network to help close up on blind spots.
- Include a glossary of sensitive terms to the company dictionary.
- Ask them if they are trans if they are not publicly out or have not shared that information with you.
- Ask them to use the handicapped toilets.
- Ask them about their genitals or what surgeries they’ve had.
- Ask them for their “real” name.
- Ask them how do they have sex.
- Ask them “are you an it, he or her?”