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The New Workplace Terminology You Have to Know in 2020

Updated: Mar 10, 2020

In 2020, the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workplace continues to evolve and change. It is important that you familiarize yourself with the terminology. Words are powerful and can have an impact. They can also reflect bias or challenge it which can bring people together or divide them. I have put together a list of 12 terms that are extremely important for you to know in 2020. Keep in mind this is not a complete list just the most common terms. The vocabulary is also ever evolving and changing, so keeping up to date is important.

Must Have Terminology


A term used to describe people whose gender identity matches the sex they were assigned at birth.

Corporate Social Responsibility

Practicing good corporate citizenship by going beyond profit maximization to make a positive impact on communities and societies.

Emotional Tax

The combination of being on guard to protect against bias, feeling different at work because of gender, race, and/or ethnicity, and the associated effects on health, well-being, and ability to thrive at work.


Treating everyone the same way, often while assuming that everyone also starts out on equal footing or with the same opportunities.


Working toward fair outcomes for people or groups by treating them in ways that address their unique advantages or barriers.


The intertwining of social identities such as gender, race, ethnicity, social class, religion, sexual orientation, and/or gender identity, which can result in unique experiences, opportunities, and barriers.


The concept that there is great diversity in how people’s brains are wired and work, and that neurological differences should be valued in the same way we value any other human variation.


A category for a fluid constellation of gender identities beyond the woman/man gender binary.

Unconscious Bias

An implicit association, whether about people, places, or situations, which are often based on mistaken, inaccurate, or incomplete information and include the personal histories we bring to the situation.

Work-Life Effectiveness

A talent management strategy that focuses on doing the best work at the best time with the best talent. It helps businesses create flexibility, enhance agility, and drive mutually beneficial solutions for both employers and employees.

Workplace Inclusion

An atmosphere where all employees belong, contribute, and can thrive. Requires deliberate and intentional action.

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