Coming out to colleagues and supervisors can be a daunting prospect, but we are here to provide assistance with developing a Workplace Transition Plan to help you navigate the process.
Begin by scheduling an appointment with Tegra Myanna. During this meeting, Tegra will ask you some questions regarding your desired timeline for transitioning at work, what information you want to share with your team, and how and when you would like to share it. Don't worry if you don't know the answers to these questions yet; Tegra can talk you through your options to help you determine the plan that is most comfortable and suitable for your needs. You may need to meet more than once if you would like more time to assess your options. The entire process will go at your pace.
When you are ready, Tegra will set up a meeting with you and your Human Resources representative so that the three of you can discuss the transition plan further. An HR professional can help answer questions about workplace policies and procedures. During this meeting, you will finalize details about how and when your workplace transition will take place. This may include information about how you will communicate a new name and pronouns to your colleagues, how the department will address any questions or incidents that arise, and how to provide appropriate training and support to the department so that the transition is as smooth as possible.
Following your meeting with Tegra and your HR representative, it is recommended that the three of you then schedule a meeting with your supervisor(s) to inform them of your plan and to answer any questions that they may have. Subsequent steps will vary according to what you decide to include in your transition plan.
As this is your process, you have the final say each step of the way. Tegra will guide you throughout the entire process, helping you understand all of the options available to you and then advising your HR representative and supervisor(s) on how to implement your plan. Tegra will not disclose anything you share in meetings without your permission and will treat your case with attention to privacy and sensitivity.