upLIFT: The Use of Gender Pronouns in Email Signatures
The director of diversity and inclusion at a community agency is trying to decide whether to update her business email signature to express her gender identity by providing preferred pronouns. The director must decide whether the benefits of adding the information exceed the potential costs. Subsequently, in a second and third situation-each situation presented as a separate addition to the main case-the director must decide the extent to which she will formally influence her workers to update their email signatures with gender pronoun, and then whether to update her LinkedIn profile. Much of her decision rests on the cultural operating norms of the organization and the director's role in the organization. Mike Annett is affiliated with MacEwan University. Richard Mak is affiliated with MacEwan University.