Asking for someone's pronouns can be an awkward experience, especially if it is not common in your culture to do so.

When it comes to remote teams, it can even be more difficult to have a conversation about pronoun usage. Thankfully, Asana makes it easy to share pronouns in a subtle way.

Here's why pronouns are important and why you should consider sharing yours on Asana.

Why Pronouns Are Important

Pronouns are essential because not everyone who expresses themselves a certain way is of a certain gender identity. For some people, it can be difficult to explain their preferences, especially there is no safe space to discuss them in person.

If you are wondering what your options are, here are some examples:

  • she / her / hers
  • he/ him/ his
  • they / them / theirs

Alternatively, a person may also have a mix of pronouns that they are comfortable with. For example, a person can prefer being referred to as she or they, and respond to either option.

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Regardless of the intention, using the wrong pronouns to communicate with someone can cause unnecessary tension, hurt, or distraction. Thankfully, changing your preferred pronouns is easy as selecting one of Asana's many free templates.

Steps to Add Pronouns to Your Asana Profile

Should you want to include pronouns to your Asana profile today, here's how you can do it:

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  1. Open your Asana desktop app or website.
  2. Click your profile photo.
  3. Select My Settings.
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  4. Go to the Profile tab.
  5. Under the Pronouns section, you can type your preferred third-person pronouns.
    Change Your Pronouns on Asana
  6. Lastly, click Save Changes to confirm your pronoun preference.

Afterward, your preferred pronouns will appear on your profile on the Asana desktop app, website, and mobile app.

Share Your Pronouns on Asana

For people who are not very particular about their pronouns, adding yours on your Asana profile can help reduce the barriers for other people.

By normalizing the act of sharing our personal pronouns, we can help create a culture of asking about it, instead of assuming it. When a person's preferred pronoun is unknown, it is preferable to maintain a gender-neutral option to avoid any conflict.

By using someone's correct personal pronouns, you can show them the respect that they deserve. After all, using a co-worker's correct pronoun should be the standard in any inclusive working environment.

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