That's not my name!!

posted 3 years ago in Career
Post # 3
11300 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Just correct people?

Post # 5
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

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
9412 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

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
3476 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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
9859 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2014

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
1817 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

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
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@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 😉

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