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Equality and Diversity

October 1st, 2012

The week that was…

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

Equality and Diversity

October 1st, 2012

The week that was…

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Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

In this week’s ‘The week that was…’ – one in ten workers take time off work due to depression, an employee at IBM shares his experience of coming out at work, arty prosthetic limbs and billionaire’s announcement of reward for a man who marries his lesbian daughter.

A poll of 7,000 people in seven European countries has found that one in 10 workers has taken time off work because of depression. One in four of the respondents said they did not tell their employer about their depression and one in three of them were worried it could put their job at risk. The situation was better in the UK, with most of the 117 managers questioned reporting good back-up from their HR department.

Vince Cipollone, the corporate development executive at IBM, has written about his experience of coming out at work, “Coming out at work is probably one of the most empowering things I’ve ever done in my career. But deciding to do so was one of the most difficult decisions I’ve ever made.” He argues that honesty is the best policy when it comes to sexuality.

BBC has put together a fantastic gallery of pictures of artistic prosthetic limbs. While looking at these, we came across a TED talk by Scott Summit who uses his 20 years of experience as an industrial designer to make artificial limbs that help people take personal control of these intimate objects.

Finally, some of you might have seen this already – a Hong Kong billionaire has offered a £40m ‘marriage bounty’ to the man who is ready to marry his lesbian daughter. The billionaire’s daughter is in a civil partnership.

Came across something interesting? Let us know – Equality.and.Diversity@lse.ac.uk.

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