Post # 1
To all you bees in a professional work environment (or monkey cubes as I sometimes like to think of it) – how are you going to or how have you communicated your name change to professional contacts outside your office? Did you send out a mass email, make a note on your signature at the bottom of your email screen or just let them figure it out on their own?
I work for a small company and since I joined here three years ago, no one has gone through a name change that would have had to communicate it to outside contacts. I on the other hand, have a lot of professional contacts outside the company and am not sure what the protocol is for communicating a name change.
Post # 3
Are you keeping your current last name at all? I am a lawyer and felt funny about my degrees and previous cases having no tie to my current name so I did the drop my middle name and make my last name into my middle name thing. So I went from MyFirst MyMiddle MyLast to MyFirst MyLast HisLast.
In my normal non-work life I just go by MyFirst HisLast but for work I use my full name to avoid confusion. I did not send out any kind of announcement or email, I just changed my signature at the bottom to have my new name and my boss started referring to me as Ms. HisLast. There has been a little bit of confusion… particularly over the phone when people call me and are like… Ms. MyLast? And then I have to be like “Yes that’s me… but thats not actually my name anymore.” lol. Its kind of a pain in the ass but people totally understand and usually either ignore it or congratulate you.
Post # 4
I’m a teacher, so the kids will catch on first and then the parents. I have attached my new name to the signature of my email, and usually send a letter out the first day of school to introduce myself.
Post # 5
I changed my name professionally and personally. It was sort of a hassle but oh well it is done
Post # 6
I haven’t changed my name yet, but one of my friend’s did. All she did was append a little note to the signature of her email that said something like: “Please notice the last name change”
Post # 7
Here is the policy my company has. It works well as far as I can tell, and can be adopted for personal email as well:
- create your new email account ([email protected])
- set up an out of office reply on old email that says something like: I have changed my name to FirstName NewLast Name and my email address is now [email protected]. Please make note of this change and correct your address book accordingly.
- have all mail from old email forwarded to bew email account (but start using your new email immediately)
My company keeps the old email account active for 6 months (I think). At first you’ll have alot of FWD messages from the old email, but as people make the change in their address books and you reply from the new email, you’ll see those dwindle down.
Hope this helps!!!