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Gender pronouns are words that individuals want others to user when talking to, or about them. The most common gender pronouns include “he/him” and “she/her,” but people who identify as transgender, non-binary, or gender non-conforming may opt to use different pronouns to best suit them, such as “they/them”.
Pronouns are an important part of a person’s identity and help in creating an inclusive work environment for non-binary and transgender employees while promoting equality, respect and inclusivity.
Here are a few tips for using pronouns in the workplace.
How to ask someone about their pronouns?
- You can’t tell someone’s gender just by looking at their appearance. The best way is to introduce yourself is with your preferred pronouns and ask them for theirs.
- If you make a mistake, enquire about the correct name/pronouns.
- It’s good to ask for preferred names/pronouns, but remember to respect their privacy and journey.
- Consider including your pronouns in your email signature or name at work.
Avoid language that is gender specific.
- Instead of “Hey guys” or “Welcome ladies” use gender neutral language in greetings like “Welcome, everyone” or “Hello everyone”.
- Use “they/their” whenever possible in place of “his/her” to include everyone.
Start a conversation on the right note, be it at the workplace or otherwise.