As we celebrate Pride Month and our diverse 2SLGBTQIA+ communities this June, it’s an ideal time to think about how you use language in your workplace.
Language matters. It’s the foundation of how we describe ourselves and each other and is a powerful tool for affirming our identities and comprehending the world around us. And as diverse as we all are, so is the language that we use to describe our gender, sexual orientation, disability, age, and the many other layers of who we are.
To support inclusive language in your workplace, first you need to understand what inclusive language looks like. Then you can assess your organization’s communication style and workplace culture to ensure that you’re promoting inclusive, respectful practices. When you make it a priority to use inclusive language, both internally and externally, it makes employees, clients, customers, and stakeholders feel safe, welcome, and like they belong.
To help you navigate using inclusive language in your workplace, we’ve created a guide that covers many of the best practices.
what you’ll find inside the guide
- best practices for using inclusive language around gender, disabilities, indigenous peoples, etc.
- tips to handle mistakes in a respectful way
- how to build organizational policies that support inclusive language
- glossary of key terms you should know