Post # 1
I need some advice bees!! I’ve been at my job a little under a year now and there are still some people who call me by the wrong name… its very frustrating. And I don’t know what to do about it.
My name is a unique spanish name that has a the begining and and ending like the more typical name Alejandra, but the middle portion is COMPLETELY different. It wasn’t until I began this job did I get so many name mutalations. I figured it was because of the cultural difference, but how long is it acceptable for me to let this go? should I bring it up? have a close co-worker bring it up to the people who keep pronouning my name wrong? or just deal with it for the rest of my time here (I hope to stay at this company for the a LONG time).
Post # 4
@vorpalette: even if its been close to year?… eek i’m just more timid/anxious person so any form of confrontation makes me antsy… but i guess I shall have to put on my big girl panties and deal with it.
Post # 5
I work at home when 95% of my co-workers still work in office. Even though I worked in office two years a few of them still don’t know my name when I’m at staff meetings or work events. I correct them loudly usually, they end up feeling stupid for not remembering my name when I’ve been at the company longer than some of them.
Post # 6
No one can say my maiden name or my new name. It doesn’t bother me and I find it cute when people try. I don’t bother correcting them.
OP, since it’s been a year, it’s a bit late to start correcting people now. It must not have bothered you if you didn’t say anything. I’ve had people call me by the wrong first name and I instantly correct them so it doesn’t become a habit. Butcher my last name all you want but I won’t be called the wrong first name, lol.
Post # 7
How will they know they are saying it wrong if you never say anything? I’m confused how you would expect them to figure it out. If I tried to say something different and I was never corrected, I would assume I said it correctly. My first name has an unusual pronunciation. I just correct people when they say it incorrectly. Rinse and repeat. I disagree with another poster, it’s not too late to start correcting people, but I’d do so gently, and explain you don’t like to do so hence why you haven’t done previously. (Although since you did let it go on uncorrected for so long, it will likely take longer for people to remember now. Be patient with them.)
Post # 8
i have friends who have weird pronounciations of names that have a common spelling and they’re constantly correcting people even after years. My name is very commong but can be spelled about a dozen ways, I am constantly correcting people, even my grandmother will get it wrong from time to time (and I was named after her mother…)
Post # 9
I work for a company that my sister also worked for. Many of our customers and vendors will still call me by my sister’s name, even though I worked there before she did and I still work there whereas she quit over two years ago. (It doesn’t bother me though because I’ve been accidentally called my sister’s name my entire life.)
If they call me her name while they’re on the way out, as in, “Bye Sister’sName,” and then walk out of the office, I don’t correct them because making them come back into the office would be weird.
But if it’s feasible for me to correct them as they’re greeting me, I do. They say, “Hello Sister’sName.” Then I just say, “Jennifer (my name obv)” and smile so it’s not super awkward. It’s still a little awkward while they look at me and blink– obviously processing what I said because it is not what they expected. Then I greet them.
It takes some people longer than others to get it.
Post # 10
@adeharo210: Absolutely keep correcting them 🙂 The person that I hired a little over a year ago has the same issue as you. It was so similar, in fact, that I did a double take until I saw your location. 😉
I’ve gotten grouchy(in a joking way) about in on her behalf when I’m in earshot any number of times. It just hasn’t sunk in with some people. Repetition seems to be the key 😉