WeWork’s Office of Inclusion is proud to launch its Pronouns @ WeWork campaign, which seeks to foster an environment that allows each of us to thrive by inviting everyone to fully participate as their authentic self.
A personal pronoun is a simple substitute for the proper name of a person. Whether we realise it or not, pronouns have gender-implied association.
Gender identity is one’s innermost concept of self as male, female, a blend of both, or neither—how individuals perceive themselves and what they call themselves. It is just one piece of someone’s gender expression, the way in which a person expresses their gender identity, typically through their appearance, dress and behaviour. Because gender identity and gender expression may not always be the same as what you perceive, it is important to never assume a person’s pronouns.
This list of pronouns is by no means comprehensive but is a helpful starting point:
(pronounced: hee, him, his)
masculine identifying pronouns
(pronounced: shee, hur, hurs)
feminine identifying pronouns
(pronounced: they, them, thairs)
(pronounced: zee, zem, zeers)
(pronounced: zee, heer, heers)
A gender-neutral or gender-inclusive pronoun is one that does not associate a gender with the individual who is being discussed. Most people who use gender-neutral pronouns use they/them/their pronouns. Those who use xe/xem/xyrs or ze/hir/hirs pronouns will often explicitly request these pronouns be used over they/them/theirs pronouns.
It’s important to never assume someone’s pronouns. Some people may prefer to identify by their names, and a gender-fluid individual’s pronouns may change based on how they’re presenting on any given day. If you do not know someone’s personal pronouns, use gender-neutral pronouns like ‘they/them/theirs’, or ask the person what pronouns they use.
From June 2021, WeWork is proud to offer vinyl pronoun stickers for laptops so that both our members and our employees can easily self-identify in our spaces. These stickers are now available at your Community Bar and are free to all members and employees in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, Germany, and Japan.
Introduce yourself with your pronouns:
‘Hello, I am John. My pronouns are he/him/his.’
This can be done in:
Encourage others to do so as well
The following are also ways in which you can identify your pronouns:
Everyone wants to be able to bring their whole self to work. These five tips will help you support your gender-non-confirming co-workers and friends.
Questions or concerns?
For more information on Inclusion & Diversity at WeWork, please visit the official Inclusion & Diversity page.