I adore the Ting Tings song “That’s Not My Name”. My favorite part is when he says Jane…which is really not my name, just part of it! But that’s not the point of this post…
I think it may have been an early 80’s fad to drop the “h” in Sara , but I’ve grown to love it. When I was younger it didn’t bother me all that much when people didn’t spell my name correctly, but as an adult, it’s become one of my biggest pet peeves!
I don’t mind so much when my customers mess up in the beginning, but it seems like they aren’t the one with the problem. The problem lies with my co-workers, and only the co-workers that already get under my skin that can’t seem to get it right.
It kills me. Seriously. This is why…
1. When searching for my name in our company data base, I am listed as S-A-R-A
b. I sign off all emails as S-A-R-A
It’s not a hard thing to do. As sales reps, it’s our job to notice the little things in life.
I’ve debated on how to address this issue, and this is where I turn to you my readers for help.
a. Let it go? – I fear that if I do this I will be angry with them for something else and explode and say, “Why would I expect you to get it right when you can’t even spell my name correctly?”. This would not be good for my sanity or career.
b. Start adding an unnecessary extra “h” to their name, like “Thanks Dough” instead of “Thanks Doug”? I think this may be my best idea yet.
c. Act like a grown up and politely tell them that they are spelling my name incorrectly and that I would appreciate if they corrected them self? No fun, and honestly it can be hard not to come off like a snooty beast via email.
d. Plan B…this is where you tell me your ideas!
Help me blogosphere, before I go mad, take plan A or B…