Tag: Things NOT To Say

9 Things NOT to Say to Veterans

Joining the Army after college was a no-brainer for Ryan Kules. The Arizona native always knew he wanted to serve his country, and in 2002, he got his chance. In February 2005, he was deployed to Iraq. Nine months later, Kules wound up in Walter Reed Army Medical Center. “I…

'Are You the Husband or the Wife' 6 Things NOT to Say to LGBT People

Left: Jean-Marie Navetta; Right: Doug Case The growing acceptance of same-gender marriage and diversity in sexual orientation in recent years has shifted mindsets and removed a lot of blatant discrimination toward LGBTs from workplaces, says Jean-Marie Navetta, director of equality & diversity partnerships at PFLAG National, a nonprofit grassroots organization…

9 Things NOT to Say to Women Coworkers

Bell, Lee, Vazquez Before you make that “harmless” little comment to the woman in the next office, take a look at things women leaders tell us are absolute no-no’s in the workplace. 1. Terms of “endearment” such as “sweetie,” “hon” or “cutie.” This is when a term of endearment becomes…

Things NOT to Say to Latinos

By Julissa Catalan Arroyo, Casellas At the start of National Hispanic Heritage Month, we offer this cultural-competence lesson in helping Latinos feel welcome and valued at work by avoiding common missteps. A simple lack of understanding can easily be misconstrued and damage office relationships. Here is advice on Things NOT…

Things NOT to Say to American Indian Coworkers

If you asked Rick Waters, National Director of Tribal Partnerships for the University of Phoenix, how he classifies himself, he’d say, “I am Cherokee American Indian.” If you asked the same question of Reverend John Norwood, Tribal Council member and Principal Justice for the Nanticoke Lenni-Lenape Tribal Nation, he’d say…

7 Things NOT to Say to Asian-Americans

By Stacy Straczynski Confronting subconscious biases and stereotypes about race is a frequent occurrence for many professionals in the workplace—in particular, those from traditionally underrepresented groups. While many comments and questions are raised merely out of curiosity or ignorance, it doesn’t lessen the offense. “Stereotypes make people feel like they…

'You Must Have Voted for Obama': 5 Things NEVER to Say to Blacks

Jim Norman, Adriene Bruce, Michelle Lee “You’re so articulate,” “You must have voted for Obama” and “I love your name, it’s so ethnic” top the list of blatantly obvious things you shouldn’t say to Blacks. But it’s not always about what you shouldsay as much as how and when you…