Top 5 Ways to Make Your Event Non-Binary Inclusive
How to Make Your Event Non-Binary Inclusive
These days, more companies are emphasizing gender diversity and non-binary inclusion in the workplace. In fact, inclusivity in corporate spaces is more important than it has ever been before. That’s because paying special attention to inclusion not only helps your company better relate to employees, but also to business partners and clients.
One important place to consider non-binary inclusion is actually during the event planning process. If you’re planning a corporate event, know how to best include your non-binary employees. There are a few important accommodations you can make to create an amazing event everyone will love.
5 Best Ways to Include Non-Binary Individuals at Gender-Neutral Corporate Events
Want to know some of the best ways to plan inclusive corporate events, particularly where your non-binary employees are concerned? We’ve gathered a few tips to get you started in the right direction!
1. Create an Inclusive Registration Process
Your team members will need to register to attend certain events you host as a company. For example, on registration forms, it may be necessary to ask for each attendee’s gender. Why not create an inclusive registration process that offers more than two standard gender choices?
Rather than only offering “male” or “female” as choices, include other options. There are multiple ways a non-binary person might choose to answer, so consider including additional gender selections such as:
- Gender nonconforming
- Prefer not to say
Gender diversity in the office should definitely extend to the event space, so this is a great place to start.
2. Provide the Opportunity for Attendees to Give Their Pronouns
Another important component of non-binary inclusion is giving each individual the opportunity to share their pronouns. Inclusive corporate events might offer the standard name tag for attendees to fill out and wear, but with a little something extra--like specific pronouns. Why not ask each attendee to include their pronouns at check-in? If desired, they can write those on their name tags if they wish to.
3. Avoid Gendering People in General
In general, avoid gendering people. This is a great rule of thumb to apply any time, but it’s especially important during events. That’s because you may have guests attending from outside your organization who identify as non-binary.
Here are some ways you can address others in a gender-neutral way:
- Greet groups by saying things like, “Good afternoon, everyone!”
- Use a speaker or guest’s first name rather than assuming their pronouns if you’re unsure.
- Address others with non-gendered terms of endearment such as “lovely human” or “friend.”
Beyond corporate events, these are great tips for promoting gender diversity in the office, too!
4. Provide Gender-Neutral Bathrooms When Possible
Non-binary inclusion means paying extensive attention to detail, even when it comes to spaces like restrooms. Whenever possible, provide gender-neutral bathrooms for event attendees. Protect people who feel uncomfortable in male/female-assigned bathrooms by offering a safe, inclusive space. This is a distinguishing feature of truly gender neutral corporate events.
5. Train the Employees Running Your Event
Prior to your event, train your employees and event staff on non-binary inclusivity to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all. Gender neutral corporate events can help the growing community of non-binary people feel comfortable and recognized. Every attendee should feel free to be themselves, whatever that looks like for each unique individual.
Give Gender-Neutral Company Merch at your Event
A fantastic way to promote gender diversity and non-binary inclusion in the workplace or at your corporate event is to give gender-neutral company merch to attendees. Give custom swag that’s inclusive of all gender identities, not just men and women. Here are a few of our favorite options!
Unisex Branded Apparel
Champion non-binary inclusion at your event by giving away custom unisex branded apparel. We especially love unisex custom T-shirts like the custom Bella + Canvas Unisex Black Jersey Short-Sleeve T-Shirt, a comfy shirt that will look great with your branded logo on it! The corporate Next Level Unisex Stonewash Denim Cotton Tee is also a fantastic choice.
Custom unisex hoodies like the American Apparel Unisex Black Flex Fleece Zip Hoodie are also popular giveaways and merch items at corporate events. Unisex custom quarter-zips like the branded Charles River Unisex White Crosswind Quarter Zip Sweatshirt are great for keeping warm in colder months. On the other hand, if you’re in the market for a great gender-neutral jacket, the corporate Independent Trading Co. Unisex Black/White Stripe Lightweight Bomber Jacket is the way to go.
Inclusive corporate events feature great, crowd-favorite gifts such as custom drinkware! Place your branded logo on the custom Ello Grey Devon 20 oz Glass Tumbler or the branded MiiR Silver Satin Climate + Tumbler - 12 Oz. Then, long after the event is over, your attendees will remember how you and your team promoted gender diversity in the office.
We love branded bags for gender neutral corporate events! Take a look at the logo-branded OGIO Black Vault Messenger or the custom Carhartt Black Duffel 36-Can Cooler for fantastic options. Add your corporate logo to spread brand awareness, too!
Event-goers love custom electronics! These gifts are fantastic for giveaways and raffles. We especially love the Leed's Black 8.5" LCD e-Writing & Drawing Tablet. If you want to give away a wearable device, keep non-binary inclusion in mind when you select the design. The Apple Watch Midnight Series 8 (GPS) 45mm Aluminum Case with Midnight Sport Band is a great unisex option.
Ready to be champions for gender diversity and non-binary inclusion in the workplace? Start with in-office inclusion, then extend that to inclusive corporate events. Contact us at Merchology to find inclusive gifts for individuals who identify as non-binary, and wow the crowd at the next special event you host!