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Many nick names are used at ODW where I work. None of the names are derogatory, several just shortened versions of given names. I feel it's just another step in making co-workers feel more like friend or family.
Seems to me some of the nick names get started by the same one or two people. For a long time I was known at Dr. Lee until I finally said something. I felt the term should be reserved for those who've earned it. A few call me by my first name, one calls me Mr. Brien, and another occasionally refers to me as Aristotle. (Don't ask.)
The name, not really a nick name, that's used often for me is "Mr. Lee." Even though it's a little formal-sounding for a warehouse, I won't correct them. I've always known that addressing someone as mr., mrs., miss, is a sign of respect, maturity and professionalism. It gives me a great feeling to hear it and also encourages me to get to know the others' last names and to use them in the same respectful way.
Addressing co-workers respectfully is in keeping with the image we want to maintain. It may be just a warehouse, but we all work hard to make it the best warehouse.
In all my working years, ODW is the first place I've regularly been refered to as "Mr. Lee." Possibly it's used because it's quicker and easier to say than "Brien," but I'll admit to a level of enjoyment from hearing it. It makes me feel like my maturity is finally recognized. It could also be because most of the good folk I work with are younger than I, some much younger.
To some I'm old enough to be their dad, but no one has called me dad . . . until now!
Home on summer break, my youngest started working at ODW three weeks ago. He brought with him his own nick name - Nick. He's doing well, likes the job and they like the job he's doing. He earned Employee of the Week after his first week on the job! Virtually unheard of up to this point.
Nick started on third shift and adapted well, but is now on first so now he and I work together. I can't express how wonderful it is for me to have a great kid doing a great job and to be able to spend time working with him and eating lunch together.
We're very proud of our son Nick.