Microsoft 365 is soon to allow users to specify their preferred pronouns on their profile, according to prerelease documentation. This feature is part of Microsoft’s commitment to fostering a more inclusive and diverse workplace.
Pronouns are the words used to replace a person’s name in a sentence, such as “he,” “she,” or “they.” Whether or not to share or publicly display pronouns is a personal choice, and should never be assigned by one person to another.
The feature will be available in Teams and Outlook on the web, and can be accessed by opening a profile card and selecting + Pronouns or the pronouns listed below the user’s name. From there, users can select from the examples provided or enter their own preferred pronouns, and save the changes which will take effect immediately.
It’s important to note that some individuals, such as transgender and non-binary people, may not feel comfortable sharing their pronouns in certain contexts, such as the workplace. Microsoft encourages users to be mindful of any applicable laws, regulations, or cultural norms that may pose additional risks to these individuals.
In the workplace and beyond, it’s important to respect everyone’s preferred pronouns. This can be achieved by including our own pronouns when introducing ourselves in meetings or presentations, and not making assumptions about someone’s gender identity based on their appearance or pronouns.
Microsoft’s new pronoun feature is a step towards creating a more inclusive and respectful environment for all. By allowing users to specify their preferred pronouns on their profile, Microsoft is sending a clear message that everyone deserves to be recognized and respected for who they are.
See how you can customise your pronouns at Microsoft here.