Five top tips for encouraging inclusive language in the workplace

posted on February 10, 2021

February 2, 2021

By Alice MacDonald, Human Resources Director Canada

There’s no denying that the topic of inclusive language is a contentious one. Some people say that it’s political correctness gone too far, while others recognize the impact that non-inclusive language can have. Yet something it’s impossible to deny is that the spaces of diversity, inclusion and equality in the workplace are changing fast – and sometimes it can be hard to keep up.

Have you really wanted to speak about a topic affecting minority groups but stopped and thought: “Wait, can I say that?” If so, rest assured you are most definitely not alone. However, just because you are afraid of making a mistake doesn’t mean that you should stay silent. Mistakes happen, and we should forgive ourselves, but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try and educate ourselves so that we say the right thing.

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