My recent post about what I felt was inappropriate workplace behavior got a bit of debate going. So, in honor of Halloween approaching, I thought I’d kick off October with another particularly terrifying workplace trend I’ve witnessed personally.
Hello. My name is Annie. You may address me by the following names and the following names only:
- Ms. Haarmann
You’ll notice that list doesn’t include any of the following frightening terms:
- baby doll
- baby girl
Do you see the subtle difference in the two lists? I’ll spell it out in case it isn’t obvious. One list is appropriate for a professional adult woman. The other list is appropriate for a schoolgirl. Clearly I’m not the only one who feels this way, judging from this article, and this one, and this one.
It’s 2012. Why is it so hard for adults to address each other as fellow adults, let alone business professionals? I find it condescending and offensive to be equated to a child. I also find terms of endearment to be disrespectful. And this isn’t just a problem coming from men. I don’t think terms of endearment are appropriate for women to direct at each other or to men either.
So, here’s where I stir up a little more debate. What do you think? Am I hypersensitive? Or did I hit the mark? Discuss!