A short guide to inclusive language

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Equity, diversity and inclusion

By now, most institutions, schools and businesses have taken steps to establish equity, diversity and inclusion programs. Their purpose, according to equity, diversity and inclusion consultant Dr. Anita Jack-Davies, “is to address barriers faced by traditionally underrepresented groups in the workplace.” Underrepresented groups include

Job skills for the future: Creativity

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According to a new report from LinkedIn—2019 Global Talent Trends: The 4 Trends Transforming Your Workplace—employers will soon have to compete fiercely to attract the best talent. And, like other projections about what the future workplace might look like, the LinkedIn report names soft skills as the most in-demand employee competency employers will be looking for.

How to make better decisions: Acknowledge the presence of emotions

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According to University of North Carolina TV Science, “It’s estimated that the average adult makes about 35,000 remotely conscious decisions each day.” Some decisions, like deciding which shoes to wear, may have negligible consequences, so it probably matters less what strategy you use to approach a low-stakes decision.

Plain language makes for better learning

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Queen’s Professional Studies has been moving toward writing online courses in plain language. What is plain language and why have we embraced it?

 

What is plain language?

Plainlanguage.gov defines plain language as “communication your audience can understand the first time they read or hear it.” There are many definitions of plain language, but we like this one because it respects the reader’s time and considers how good writing should sound when read aloud.