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Pronouns in the Workplace

Everyone, not just transgender or nonbinary individuals, prefers to use their correct pronouns, such as he/him, she/her, they/them and ze/hir, among others. Using someone's correct gender pronouns is a way to show your respect for their identity in or outside of the workplace, according to Mackenzie Harte, learning and inclusion coordinator for PFLAG National, an LGBTQ advocacy organization.

"Respect is absolutely vital for a functioning workplace," Harte said. "And respecting the name and pronouns that somebody asks you to use is just another way to show your respect to your colleagues."

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LGBTQ Inclusion: Using Pronouns at Work
SHRM | Sep 2022

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Wednesday, October 16

Memo: Pronoun Use in the Workplace
SHRM Sample Form

Viewpoint: Consider Pros and Cons Before Requiring Pronouns in Signature Blocks
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Law Firm Articles

Using Employees' Requested Pronouns: It's About Dignity, Respect and Workplace Compliance
Fisher Phillips | May 2023

Must An Employer Accommodate An Employee's Refusal To Use A Co-Worker's Preferred Pronouns?
Fisher Broyles | Mar 2023

Nonbinary Pronoun Usage in the Workplace: What Employers Are Doing to Promote Inclusivity
Ogletree | Jul 2022

Blog Posts and News Articles

The Importance of Correct Pronouns in the Workplace
Insight Global | Jun 2023

The Power of Pronouns at Work
HR Morning | Jun 2023

Striking The Delicate Balance: Navigating Religious Accommodations And Preferred Pronouns In Today's Workplace
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Forbes | Apr 2023

Why sharing gender pronouns in the workplace matters
Culture Amp | Mar 2023

An Employer's Guide to Using Pronouns at the Workplace
hr simple | Jan 2023

Everything you need to know about gender pronouns at work
CBS News | Nov 2022

Videos and Visuals

Video: Using Personal Pronouns

Video: DEI - The Importance of Pronouns
Pierce County Television

Visual: How to Talk About Pronouns at Work: A Visual Guide
Harvard Business Review | Sep 2021

Visual: Non-exhaustive List of Common Pronouns
University of Massachusetts Amherst

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