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  • Writer's pictureLeonor Urena

Gender Pronouns Game for learning

As a trainer and coach, I am always seeing ways we can improve learning in the workplace to improve WorkLife experience and help change happen. How does learning to use Gender Pronouns help?

At the individual level?

Pronouns are in everyday use and tell us something about somebody's identity.

When people feel accepted and that they can be who they wish to be, that makes them feel respected. Individuals who feel they are respected feel safe.

At the organizational level?

The top four critical soft skills identified by the US Labor Dept. are work ethics, communication, teamwork and collaboration, and critical thinking. Of these organizations have embraced teams specifically as a strategy for dealing with the ever-increasing market competition and survival. In a global economy, and remote work, companies need to find a way to build productive and collaborative teams sustainably. Three of these, communication, teamwork, and collaboration are directly linked to trust. Trust is not achieved without a safe environment. Individuals need to feel safe to be able to communicate openly, to be part of a cohesive team, and be able to collaborate.

Unleashing the human element at work is critical for all companies. Organizations need to build the right workforce, to do this, leaders need to take a more human-centered approach. This human-centered approach requires the organizational environment to be one in which individuals feel psychologically safe. One in which employees feel respected and valued.

Inclusive Practices

Hartford University recommends these practices for inclusion:

Ask: You can’t assume someone’s name or pronouns just by looking at them. Politely and privately as a person what pronouns they use. Examples of respectful ways to ask include: “What pronouns do you use?” “Would you remind me what pronouns you use?”

Respect: If someone offers the time and trust to let you know their authentic name and personal pronouns, use and respect what they have shared. It’s not up to you to decide someone else’s identity.

Practice: If you have difficulty using someone’s pronouns and name, practice. Ask colleagues, peers, and friends to point out when you’ve made a mistake.

For a crash course in pronouns try this informative page. It helps you become more aware and helps you learn how to use someone's pronouns. Another source for you can be found here, use our Gender Pronoun Game for learning, its design to help you practice and apply the pronouns.

If you are interested in our Gender Pronoun Game for learning, or any game learning design and development contact us.

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