Beyond Boundaries: How politically correct are you at your workplace?
Do you know how important it is to address a person or situation appropriately at a workplace?
Here’s a small guide to make you aware of why political correctness is important.
Hello fellow reader, I am Priya Maurya. I have recently completed my graduation and at present, I am pursuing my post graduation in English Literature. While pursuing my graduation I did a few internships at reputed firms with a primary aim to upskill myself. During these internships, other than skill enhancement, the most important thing that I learned was addressing people/ situations appropriately.
A lot of us are aware of the need to be understanding of /respecting other people’s opinions, ideas, and views. This is something that isn’t only to be known but to be practiced. This correctness will make us more considerate of the needs of our coworkers. The best way to practice this is to self-censor one’s own speech. One can also do other types of acts i.e., suppressing or changing words or deeds as a means of preventing unintentionally hurtful or offensive statements from being made.
Well, what can you do?
To be politically correct at your workplace, consider using “they/them” pronouns when referring to someone whose gender identity you are unsure of, instead of assuming their pronouns. Furthermore, when discussing various cultural practices or traditions, approach the topic with curiosity and respect, refraining from perpetuating stereotypes.
For instance, opt for gender-neutral terms when addressing groups or individuals. Instead of saying “guys” to refer to a mixed-gender team, use “everyone” or “team.” Similarly, be attentive to cultural sensitivities and avoid stereotyping or making assumptions based on someone’s background.
Political correctness is necessary to confirm our findings in both normal workplace settings and experimental ones. No doubt it is certainly driven by a degree of concern and care for other people. That is to say, people are more likely to be politically correct when interacting with coworkers when they are particularly attentive to the significance of creating a safe work environment, avoiding potentially divisive words, and promoting both tolerance and understanding.
So as we now know how important it is to be “politically correct”. Here are a few tips to keep in mind while working professionally:
- Appropriately use pronouns with a neutral perspective.
- Never assume the gender of any person at your workplace.
- Hedge away your unpopular opinions
- Do acknowledge sensitive terms when interacting one on one with someone.
- Do not compare your work productivity with someone keeping gender in context.
- Do congratulate people on their success but without mentioning their gender.
- Ensure your words, emails, and speeches are neutral.
How important is it to be sensitive?
Moreover, it is essential to remain mindful of your humor and jokes. While humor can lighten the atmosphere, be cautious not to use jokes that may be offensive to particular groups or individuals. What might seem harmless to you might be hurtful to others, so err on the side of sensitivity.
While I end this talk here, I hope you understand how important it is to practice it at one’s own level. Be yourself, do your part, and BRING IN THE NEW PERSPECTIVE!
*These are the views of Priya Maurya and not of the organisation.
Written by: Priya Maurya
Edited by: Nafisa Khambati