27 October 2020
Speaking a Respectful Language
Inclusion is an essential aspect when we approach diversity. A diverse space that lacks inclusion, lacks tapping into the full potential of its workforce as well as a healthy and respectful environment of work. To include is to understand, to tolerate, to respect, and respectful communication is a crucial basis for inclusion because our language and style of communication determines our behaviors and speaks for us and what we represent. Sometimes these communicative details are obvious. However, in other times it is not so clear.
So how to communicate so that not to offend your conversation partner? Where is the border between your own comfort and the comfort of the person you are talking to? How to avoid being offensive in communication? What is emphatic conversation? How to distinguish between justified criticism and verbal aggression?
A short and valuable guide has been prepared concerning Respectful Language & Responsible Communication. These are rules that some of us may be aware of, while others may have never paid attention to. In all cases, everyone is in a constant journey of learning, and these rules have been shared with hopes that all readers will remember them and keep them in mind in all their interactions and conversations. There is a fine line between criticism and verbal aggressions, between jokes and prejudice, and between respect and disrespect. Our duty is to do what is in our power to remember to not cross that line and speak up against those who do, with respect as well.
You are invited to get ahold of the guide, which is available for download through the Download section of our website in both Polish and English.