Australian airline Qantas has launched an initiative to encourage staff to stop using gender inappropriate language that might cause offence to the LGBTI community, Australian Daily Telegraph reports.
An information package was sent out to airline employees by People and Culture group executive Lesley Grant ahead of the company’s Spirit of Inclusion month. The airline has included WordsAtWork materials on the company intranet that suggest employees refrain from gender-specific words such as “honey”, “love” and “guys”, while the terms “partner”, “spouse” and “parents” are preferred above the more exclusionary “husband and wife” and “mum and dad”.
They also suggest employees should try to refrain from “manterruptions”, whereby a man interrupts when a woman is speaking.
Speaking on 4BC radio, Tony Abbott, who is the former Aussie PM, has said that he thinks the move is “political correctness gone way over the top”. He said: “Frankly, if companies like Qantas want to give their customers a better a deal, they can scrap all these inclusion units, just scrap them and save the money, because it’s just rubbish this idea that we need a corporate thought police”.