United Airlines has invited employees to add gender pronouns to their email signatures, a move it says is aimed at creating a more inclusive workplace.
United Airlines Encourages Employees To Use Gender Pronouns
In a memo to employees reviewed by Live and Let’s Fly, United outlines its priority in allowing employees to “be their authentic selves” in order to creates flourishing work environment:
At United, we understand that to become the most inclusive airline, we must be open to learning and making changes that create a workplace culture where our employees can be their authentic selves. To build an environment of greater inclusion, we are inviting employees to add gender pronouns to their email signatures to create space for employees of all gender identities to be seen and referred to in the manner that is most affirming, respectful and courteous.
Going beyond the effects of such a change, United explains why it views this policy change as necessary:
Pronouns are used in everyday conversation to refer to either the people talking (like “I” or “you”) or someone or something that is being talked about (like “she,” “it,” “them,” and “this”). We use gender pronouns to refer to each other’s gender identity and usually interpret or “read” a person’s gender based on their outward appearance and expression, and “assign” a pronoun. This can be harmful as the reading may not be a correct interpretation of a person’s internal, individual experience of gender. There are non-binary individuals who may identify as fluctuating between genders, having two or more genders, being third gender or even having no gender at all, so it is important that we normalize the courteous question, “What are your pronouns?”
United also proposes
- Sharing your pronouns when introducing yourself. For example: “My name is Jane and my pronouns are they/them/theirs.”
- When addressing groups of people or people whose pronouns have not been shared with you, use gender-neutral language such as “everyone,” “all” or “folks” rather than “ladies and gentlemen,” “guys,” etc.
Jessica Kimbrough, United’s Chief Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Officer, added:
“Our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion is rooted in our dedication to our employees, customers and the communities we serve. We are continuing to cultivate an inclusive workplace that encourages employees to be themselves and identify in the way that feels most true to who they are.”
United Airlines is encouraging employees to use gendered pronouns in email. It casts this invitation as part of its effort to be “affirming, respectful, and courteous” to all employees.
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