English: Inclusive language

English: Inclusive language

English: Inclusive language

English: Inclusive language. As society evolves, so does language. It’s important to make sure that you are using language that is inclusive and does not discriminate against individuals in and out of the office.


  • language that does not discriminate
  • language that represents different people in a positive way


  • to refer to the male and female workers in your business, use workforce, personnel or staff.
    • There are 200 men and women that make up our worforce.
  • manpower is a sexist word that refers to a time when women did not work. It also sounds as if men are powerful and women are not.
  • Other examples of gender inclusive language includes saying ‘Hello everyone’ instead of ‘Hello guys’ to refer to women and men.
  • please stop calling women over the age of 18, girls. They are women. Calling them a girl sounds as though they are innocent or incapable.
    • Women make up 50% of the Board of Directors.
  • Refering to men and women as female or male staff members/members of staff is also an acceptable,
    • The male members of staff are requesting a new changing room.

Inclusive language for people with disabilities

  • Disabled member of staff or a person with disabilities, although is not a great alternative, it is what we have as of November 2023.
    • If we want to invite Arantxa for lunch, we need to make sure that our house is accessible for someone with a disability.
  • Handicapped and differently-abled were both terms that were used at one point and are no longer seen as positive.
  • Know someone who has a disability? Ask them how they prefered to be called.

Age inclusive language

  • nobody wants to be called old, so stop using this word and use elderly to talk about people over the age of 70.
    • The elderly are often excluded from society.
  • For those staff members who are up in age, try experienced worker, senior worker or senior member of staff.
    • Our senior workers are our most valuable members of staff.

Inclusive language about one’s sexual orientation

  • Don’t asume that the person in front of you is married and that they are to a man or a woman. Instead of asking about their husband or wife, ask about their partner.
  • Don’t asume a man dates a woman and vice versa, ask if they are dating anyone.
  • There exist lots of different ways in which LGBTQ+ liked to be addressed. If you aren’t sure how to address someone, ask them.
  • Again, if you aren’t sure how to address people at work, at a bar or at the dinner table, ask them.

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