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Rooting out exclusionary and outdated workplace language

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In a job-seeker’s market, there is no room to let language get in the way of recruiting or allow it to exclude existing talent. With candidates looking at multiple options, they are likely to turn down opportunities from companies that use outdated or exclusionary terms and phrases used during interviews or on company collateral—some may not even bother or feel comfortable applying. The workplace is no longer one size fits all; it’s no longer a “boys club” that women and nonbinary folks are going to force themselves to fit into.

As offices open up, companies are trying to make up for the losses in their workforce over the past couple of years—retention is at the forefront of their minds. In a (mostly) post-pandemic world, there is zero tolerance for companies that maintain old practices, and there are new expectations for intentional action beyond performative talk. Breaking down and rebuilding workplace culture is hard work, but there are easier steps that everyone can take—like watching what you say.

While restructuring workplace culture is a complex and multilayered challenge, updating language to be more........

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