Why put pronouns in your email signature?

While it may seem small, including your pronouns in your email signature at work can contribute to creating a workplace culture that is more inclusive. I discuss three ways how in this post!

It makes it easier for others to share their pronouns

By including your pronouns you are showing that you are aware that some people prefer not to use gendered pronouns and/or the pronouns that align with the sex they were assigned at birth. It also shows you understand that the pronouns a person uses may or may not align with your initial assumptions based on their gender expression. This makes it easier for someone to share their pronouns with you, as you have already set the precedent. By showing that you understand the above, you are creating a safer space within your email chain and hopefully more widely within your organisation!

It helps normalise the conversation

Most cis-gendered people (people who’s gender identity aligns with the sex they were assigned at birth) don’t specify their pronouns. This can give the perception that those that do share their pronouns are doing something novel or unusual. Instead, sharing your pronouns can reduce the stress someone might feel when sharing their pronouns with you for the first time as it shows you are an ally. It shows that you consider it normal for people to share their pronouns in your workplace and that people in your workplace should expect to meet other people who use varying pronouns.

It helps people with gender-neutral names

There’s another practical benefit to specifying pronouns too. We have lots of gender-neutral names and, if you have one, it can help others if you specify your pronouns to stop them walking into a mis-gendering situation if they haven’t met you before. Misgendering someone comes across as highly unprofessional, whether the person being misgendered is cis-gendered or not!

So why not add your pronouns to your email signature (and other places!) today to show your support as an LGBTQ+ ally; bonus points if you introduce yourself with your pronouns in person too!

Image from this post on the Asana blog by Nikki Henderson

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