Recently starting a job as an intern - I won't say where - in a fairly boisterous office, I have run into trouble fitting in. Not so much an outcast, just concerned I don't get the whole dynamic which I am now confusedly part of.
Maybe someone else has faced this, but basically I have come to be nicknamed... a nice thing in many cases you would hope in a work environment. I have been named for some reason 'Turd'... I can't figure out why, sometimes I literally wait to go to the toilet outside on my break in case it has anything to do with it!
I am not sure whether to give it back... but I can't think of any good ones... and this seems totally random. Can you just throw a nickname at someone? I tried inspiring a new nickname at staff drinks, by limboing... something outlandish enough to get a reaction. Apparently not. I even changed my signature on emails to Tommy Limbo... anything but Tommy Turd.
Anyway, I have a HR meeting on Monday and want some tactics. Anyone?
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- Thread Starter
- 11-03-2016 19:31
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- CV Helper
- 11-03-2016 20:35
Sadly there's not much you can do about the nickname thing - it's probably best not to try and force a change, nor to try and nickname others. But I'd mention to HR just briefly that it makes you uncomfortable, they should be able to stop it, if they are a decent team. If not, then you've learnt something about that company's workplace culture!