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Thank you for participating in the survey “Structural Changes Organizations Can Implement to Provide Bisexual Employees With Visibility and Social Comfort”.

We are interested in examining biphobia and bisexual erasure along with work practices to determine the best course of action for employers looking to accommodate bisexual employees in the workplace.  

The survey consists of several subsections. The first section is about your sexual orientation and satisfaction at work and life. The second section is about the organization you work at. After that you will be asked about how you are treated at work. Finally, we will ask you about the demographics of the organization; the last section is optional.  

We are interested in your personal opinion; there are no right or wrong answers. If you do not know the answer to a question, you can use the “don’t know” option.  

The survey uses the term “bisexual”. What we mean with this term is anyone who has experienced attraction to more than one gender/sex in varying degrees. This term is used for effectiveness purposes. However, if you identify with the terms “pansexual”, “fluid”, “omnisexual” or other terms to describe attraction to more than one sex/gender, you are also welcome to fill out the survey. Please note that you can identify as bisexual without having had relationships or sexual experiences with more than one gender/sex.  

Filling out this survey is voluntary, and you will receive no reimbursement for your participation. Participation will take about 10 minutes. You can stop participation at any time, without giving a reason for doing so. All responses to all questions will be saved and analyzed anonymously.

By clicking on the “start” button below you indicate that you have read and understood all information provided here, and you consent to allowing aggregate data to be used for academic purposes.

All respondents must be at least 18 years of age, and must be employed.   We will provide some background information about the research at the end of the survey.

If you have any questions or remarks about this research, you can contact Eric van Dijk: dijk@fsw.leidenuniv.nl
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This first section is about your sexual orientation, in the past, present, and your ideals.

This is to get a clearer picture of the variation of bisexuality in our respondents. We are also interested in your satisfaction at work and in life in general .

This section has 18 questions.

 
My past sexual attraction is best described as: *

 
My current sexual attraction is best described as: *

 
My ideal sexual attraction is best described as: *

 
My past sexual fantasy is best described as: *

 
My current sexual fantasy is best described as: *

 
My ideal sexual fantasy is best described as: *

 
My past emotional preference is best described as: *

 
My current emotional preference is best described as: *

 
My ideal emotional preference is best described as: *

 
My past social preference is best described as: *

 
My current social preference is best described as: *

 
My ideal social preference is best described as: *

 
How do you self-identify? *


 
How satisfied are you with life in general? Please enter a number that best represents how you feel. *

0- Very Dissatisfied
100- Very Satisfied
 
How satisfied are you at work? Please enter a number that best represents how you feel. *

0- Very Dissatisfied
100- Very Satisfied
 
How satisfied are you with your local community? Please enter a number that best represents how you feel. *

0- Very Dissatisfied
100- Very Satisfied
 
How satisfied are you in your personal relationships? Please enter a number that best represents how you feel. *

0- Very Dissatisfied
100- Very Satisfied
 
How satisfied are you in your sexual/romantic relationships? Please enter a number that best represents how you feel. *

0- Very Dissatisfied
100- Very Satisfied
 
The following section contains questions about your workplace, and the measures in place to create an inclusive environment for bisexual employees. This section has 17 questions.

 
Does your current organization have an LGBT network? *


 
Are you a member of your current organization’s LGBT network? *


 
I go to LGBT-network events *


 
My LGBT-network host events *


 
My current organization’s LGBT network and/or community understands bisexuality as a legitimate sexual orientation *


 
My current organization’s LGBT network and/or community understand(s) bisexuality as separate from homosexuality *


 
My heterosexual colleagues at work in my current organization understand bisexuality as a legitimate sexual orientation *


 
My heterosexual colleagues at work in my current organization understand bisexuality as separate from homosexuality *


 
My current organization’s LGBT network is supportive of bisexuals *


 
My current organization’s LGBT network separates biphobia (*) from homophobia (**) 

(*)  intolerance, or refusal to accept bisexuals, and/or the assumption that there is something inherently mentally volatile about bisexuals

(**)  intolerance, or refusal to accept homosexuals *


 
My current organization’s LGBT network recognize issues related to biphobia (*)

(*) intolerance, or refusal to accept bisexuals, and/or the assumption that there is something inherently mentally volatile about bisexuals *


 
My current organization’s LGBT network hosts bisexual-specific events *


 
My current organization’s LGBT network has photo or filmed campaigns specifically about bisexuality *


 
Bisexuals are under-represented in my current organization’s LGBT network *


 
Are you currently out at work as bisexual? *


 
Does your current employer offer equal benefits (healthcare, family planning, pension, etc.) specifically to bisexual employees (by using the term "bisexual")? *


 
Do your current employer’s official documents (e.g.; Equal Employment Opportunity policies, fringe benefits, etc.) specifically mention “same-sex” and “different-sex” couples? *


 
The following section contains questions about how you are treated in the workplace.

This section has 21 questions.

 
I have experienced discriminatory questions during my current workplace’s job interview process *


 
I have experienced workplace restrictions in my current workplace due to my bisexuality *


 
I have experienced inappropriate comments or questions related to my bisexuality in my current workplace *


 
My co-workers in my current workplace treat me differently due to my bisexuality *


 
I have experienced distrust in my current workplace from others due to my bisexuality *


 
I have heard that management in my current workplace assumed that I was unstable and/or unreliable due to my bisexuality *


 
Lesbian & gay colleagues in my current workplace treat me with more negativity than they do heterosexual colleagues *


 
Heterosexual colleagues in my current workplace treat me with more negativity than they do lesbian and gay colleagues *


 
I have experienced heteronormativity (*) in my current workplace

(*) The assumption that people are heterosexual unless otherwise specified *


 
I have experienced discrimination from lesbian and/or gay employees due to my bisexuality in my current workplace *


 
I have experienced physical harassment due to my bisexuality in my current workplace *


 
I have experienced sexual harassment due to my bisexuality in my current workplace *


 
I have experienced verbal harassment due to my bisexuality in my current workplace *


 
I have received negative job references or feedback due to my bisexuality in my current workplace *


 
Negative experiences in my current workplace, due to my bisexuality, have caused me to stay home from work *


 
Negative experiences in my current workplace, due to my bisexuality, have caused me to search for a different job *


 
Negative experiences in my current workplace, due to my bisexuality, have caused me to feel distracted and less productive at work *


 
Negative experiences in my current workplace, due to my bisexuality, have caused me to avoid workplace social events *


 
Negative experiences in my current workplace, due to my bisexuality, have caused me to withhold information and/or lie about my personal life *


 
Negative experiences in my current workplace, due to my bisexuality, have caused me to feel unhappy and/or depressed at work *


 
In my current workplace being in a relationship could render me invisible, as I am assumed to be homosexual or heterosexual, as opposed to bisexual *


 
The final section is on organizational demographics.

This section is optional. Should you wish to skip this section, please scroll down and press "enter" and "submit" to ensure that your answers are saved and submitted.

This section has 13 questions.

 
Is your organization a part of the public sector, private sector, or a non-profit?


 
How many people does your organization employ?

 
Is your office located in an urban area, rural area, suburban area or online?


 
Is your company a local, national or international organization?


 
What country do you work in?

 
What level of education have you completed:


 
Do you work:


 
How many hours a week are you in the office?

 
How long have you worked for your current organization (in years)?

 
Your current relationship status could best be described as:


 
How long have you been in your current relationship (in years)?

 
Your age is:

 
Please select your gender identity:


 
Debrief

Thank you for participating in the Survey “Bisexuality in the Workplace; Structural Changes and their Effectiveness”.  

This survey was created to examine measures for combating biphobia (i.e., intolerance, or refusal to accept bisexuals) and bisexual erasure ( i.e., the disregard of bisexuality as a legitimate identity) in the workplace, and their overall effectiveness. This is to ensure that suggestions for employers are effective in combating hostility and making the working environment open and friendly to bisexual employees, and to ensure workplace equality across sexual identities.  

The reason this research focuses on bisexuality is because bisexuality tends to be marginalized in research. Bisexual issues are often assumed to be either the same as lesbian and gay issues, or non-existent. This study examined work practices to determine the best course of action for employers looking to accommodate bisexual employees in the workplace.

It is expected for workplaces with more bisexual-specific measures in place to have more satisfied bisexual employees, as it would appear that their needs were met; organizations without specific measures in place are therefore expected to have less satisfied employees.

If you have any questions and/or remarks about this research, you can contact Eric van Dijk: dijk@fsw.leidenuniv.nl 

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