Not Calling Me By My Name

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about not being addressed by name.

What does it mean when a co-worker will not address me by my name? It’s always “Hey man” or “Hey buddy”. To me, it is very disrespectful not to address a person by his or her name. I always address this person by his name. He calls others by their names. We’ve had our differences, but not so bad that we can’t work together; I think.

Signed, I Have a Name

DearĀ I Have a Name:

Apparently “Hey, Man” for your coworker is a short-cut for him. He doesn’t have to remember your name. To address you this way is not really disrespectful unless you treat it as so. I have a long-time friend with whom I have conducted training for employees of hundreds of companies who almost always greets me with “Hi, Big Guy.” He does this in spite of the fact that he’s a hundred pounds heavier than I. It’s a habit.

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