Come As You Are

LGBTQ+ employees around the world share personal stories about what it means to bring their whole selves to work at Merck
Jun 29, 2020 12:40 PM ET

It can be as simple as sharing your weekend plans with coworkers, or having a photo of your partner on your desk. When you feel free to be yourself at work, even the seemingly small things can have a big impact on your happiness and wellbeing. 

Still, many employees struggle with the decision to reveal aspects of their identities they worry may be problematic for co-workers and managers. They end up “covering” those parts of themselves—whether it’s being gay, being a parent, practicing a certain religion, or having a disability—in order to avoid discomfort or discrimination. 

Covering is emotionally draining. It can lead to poor performance at work, not to mention feelings of isolation and depression. 

Five of our LGBTQ+ colleagues from around the world—in the U.S., U.K., Colombia, Poland, and Japan—share their own experiences with the fear and anxiety of covering, and the joy of finding freedom at a workplace that encourages them to be themselves.

Read their stories here and learn more about the company’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in their Corporate Responsibility Report.