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That’s not my name!

Some names do sound quite similar. And any interim manager will get past their honeymoon phase in the new job by discovering, they have been saying everyone’s name a little bit wrong.

Lizzy isn’t Liz anyway, its Elizabeth. And who’s this name on the list, has another co-manager mistaken the names or was it another Elizabeth called Izzy?

People were being too polite to mention all the incorrect name pronouncing especially when it comes to how long the name can be shortened to or not.

A typical floor manager of a supermarket walking round trying to find Stacey. Only to discover it was Sophia. Sophia hasn’t received the email sent to Stacey and whatever was supposed to have been communicated hasn’t.

And too many people with the same name, how to distinguish them politely??? Fred from Wales and Fred from Taunton?

What about that person in the office with quite a fashionable outfit, who didn’t have much experience. One day you’ll have to remember this person’s name too! You can just say ‘hey super dry top!’

If people are willing to be honest with you about your well intentioned name learnings and failures, perhaps this is a good place to be afterall.

Men and Women at Work

I don’t know if you ever experienced this.

A man turning up on the scene, and getting a much more senior job.

And after getting, what appears to be, an easier ride to a senior role, then I have to listen to him as if it sounds like this when he speaks.

Don’t get me wrong, I really care about many men in my life who I trust and respect (type Y). There also seems to be this other type of Man, maybe (type X).


The Hospital in Bristol was in hot water with the CQC after allegations from staff that it was common practice to ask staff to use their western name, if their natural name was too foreign sounding.

My thoughts are two things:

On a practicable basis it’s important to be able to call out to your colleague with a name other than ‘thingy’ or something that is really difficult to pro-nounce like some sort of tongue twister.

There are plenty of non western names which are so much more familiar these days.

Tarique, Ahmed, Hassan, Hussian, Atif, Zuzanna

Joy, Blessing, Qian (Chén), Pitor, Kwame, Hadiza, Nimish

I disagree that individuals should be made to feel their natural name is unaccepted, although sometimes people have shortened versions of them e.g. Fal instead of Faraji.

If you go into your local Subway for a sandwich you’ll understand that actually everyone’s name is lovely, honey, dear, love ………when you’re serving the public at lunchtime!!!