Declining career prospects as “transition loss”? On the career development of transgender employees

Köllen, Thomas (2018). Declining career prospects as “transition loss”? On the career development of transgender employees. In: Research Handbook of Diversity and Careers. New Horizons in Management series (pp. 486-498). Cheltenham: Edward Elgar Publishing 10.4337/9781785365607.00044

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This chapter provides an overview of the specific issues that trans-persons face in their career development. For many transgender employees, the decision to initiate their transition brings with it a potential career setback, and, quite often, a subsequent ongoing socio-economic decline. In this chapter the current state of research on this issue is discussed alongside the case of Andrea, a trans-women, who had her transition while she held a management position in a multinational. Her case shows the enormous personal strength and/or the substantial and consequent organizational support needed to ensure that a transition does not lead to the end of the employee’s career. Based on these insights, practical implications for both individuals who are about to begin, or who are within their transition, and their employers are discussed, and several recommendations for both are derived.

Item Type:

Book Section (Book Chapter)

Division/Institute:

03 Faculty of Business, Economics and Social Sciences > Department of Business Management > Institute of Organization and Human Resource Management > Human Resource Management

UniBE Contributor:

Köllen, Thomas

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 330 Economics
300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
600 Technology > 650 Management & public relations

ISBN:

9781785365591

Series:

New Horizons in Management series

Publisher:

Edward Elgar Publishing

Language:

English

Submitter:

Thomas Köllen

Date Deposited:

13 Aug 2018 09:12

Last Modified:

23 Oct 2019 11:08

Publisher DOI:

10.4337/9781785365607.00044

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.119220

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/119220

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