Honcho Highlights: Inclusive Language in a Global Workplace2021-06-17T19:41:48+00:00

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Honcho Highlights: Inclusive Language in a Global Workplace

By Sarah Stadler

“A recent survey of employees from 90 countries found that 89 percent of white-collar workers ‘at least occasionally’ complete projects in global virtual teams (GVTs), where team members are dispersed around the planet and rely on online tools for communication.

Harvard Business Review

Inclusivity is quickly becoming a core value of many companies, and addressing how language is used in the workplace is one of the hottest topics of conversation. At Honcho, we’re talking about how we can help advance the understanding of inclusive language at work. This week, we explored research on what this means for global teams and learned eight phrases to avoid in written communication at work.

The Power of Words: How Inclusive Language Can Make for a More Equitable Workplace

It’s becoming increasingly clear that in workplace cultures, language matters. The use of inclusive language is essential for creating an equitable and diverse workforce, and companies are taking steps to turn the abstract idea of “inclusive language” into a reality. They are investing in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) training, personal accountability coaching, and software tools that help identify and correct problematic language. See how companies are raising the bar for language in the workplace.

These 8 Expressions Can Make You Sound Insensitive at Work

“Hey guys, I totally hear you, and it’s no problem.” What is wrong with sending that message via Slack to colleagues? A lot, according to Fast Company. Certain common phrases read much differently when communicated digitally as opposed to in person. Face-to-face communication includes body language and tone-of-voice, both of which add context to the words. But when these phrases are written, they can easily be misinterpreted. Discover the expressions you should remove from your writing at work.  

Research: How Cultural Differences Can Impact Global Teams

The coronavirus pandemic hastened a trend long in the making—the common collaboration of global teams. A workforce comprising a range of nationalities, races, languages, and cultures has many benefits—such as more creativity and perspectives—but it also comes with challenges. Employees need to have resources and training that enable them to ensure their work and communication are inclusive and respectful toward their global colleagues. Read more about cultural differences in global workforces.

The Pervasive Problem of ‘Linguistic Racism’

Research shows that people who speak English with a foreign accent are often subject to conscious or unconscious racism in the workplace. Others’ behavior towards non-native speakers can lead them to not speak up at meetings—or even not get past a first phone interview for a job. Considering this, organizations need to include linguistic diversity in discussions and training around DEI. Learn more about the effects of linguistic racism in the workplace.

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