In most of the workplace culture projects I’m involved with, the concern or challenge about everyday language usually crops up. Often the starting conversation tends to be along the lines of a team feeling their language is person-centred or it doesn’t really matter – and what’s said isn’t how the team ‘really’ feel or think. In practical terms, teams need to consider their use of language – seriously. Not only as a way of respecting the views of those receiving care; ensuring that conditions of empowerment are the focus, but also in order to respect human rights and ultimately personhood.

Serious consideration can lead to  workplace active learning taking place. So. I was delighted when I saw an article by three medical students in which they consider everyday language in the care of women birthing:

Humanising birth: Does the language we use matter?

Language matters as a way of respecting women’s views and ensuring that they are empowered to make decisions

The team explored their language use and produced a summary table for their discoveries. Here is part of the table:

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