How do I give myself a nickname

Nicknames: Names are news!

Nomen est omen. Not only names are a message, either Nicknames say a lot. Usually, a nickname sends even more information that is precisely perceived by the environment. The simple reason: nicknames are given consciously and - especially with derogatory titles - are derived from character traits or behavior. While nicknames in the circle of friends are mostly mutual teasing, negative surnames can be problematic in the workplace. In the background, mean nicknames can even be part of bullying to make fun of a coworker. You should therefore be careful with seat names and pay attention to a few things ...

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Nicknames: How do they come about?

Nicknames can be viewed from two sides. A group wishes to be given a nickname by friends or colleagues. Behind this is the desire to belong to a group and to be liked. A nickname can show You are one of us. You belong and we like you. Others hope for a nickname because they are unhappy with their own name and hope for a better alternative.

On the other hand, there are many people who are dying to get rid of a nickname. Almost everyone remembers unflattering nicknames from school, which became a burden for the wearer.

The creation of nicknames is just as individual as the handling of them. A creative genius is usually not necessary, most nicknames are formed using the same methods over and over again: abbreviations, changing the end of a name or a combination of these two. Josephine becomes Fine, Karolina becomes Karo, Andreas is now Andi and Matthias becomes Matze. Then there are still Belittlingto really put the finishing touches on the nickname.

Popular nicknames are also Duplications of syllables. Kirsten becomes a Kiki, Miriam becomes Mimi and Elisabeth became the variant Lilli.

In addition to these more classic nicknames, which are based directly on the first name, there are also others that focus on a particularly striking one physical feature Respectively. A lack of hair growth often brings a nickname like Locke, blonde hair (and corresponding behavior) make for the nickname Barbie and the body of a person is always a reason for nicknames - both thick and thin.

Nicknames arise in the office two types: Either colleagues get along particularly well and nicknames are given that last and become a habit over time. The second variant is unfortunately less pleasant: Unfortunately, even unpleasant employees are often given a negative nickname at work. This can be blasphemed behind closed doors - not exactly the fine English way.

As a special case, there is usually one for employees uncomfortable possibility: A private nickname is adopted in the office. Once you became a partner at the company party Schnuckiputz and the nickname has already been found for the next few weeks and months.

Every nickname conveys a truth

The hierarchies in professional life have become flatter in many areas, nowadays more and more use is made. That makes working together more familiar and familiar. The Looseness in the office sometimes tempts to give colleagues nicknames. If you've known each other for a long time, that is Inhibition threshold particularly low.

But that is a hike on a fine line. Because every nickname conveys a truth that one for the wearer negative aftertaste may have.

Two simple examples: The aforementioned colleague with the nickname Schnuckiputz it is very likely that it is more difficult to be perceived as a person of respect. Who the nickname sloth doesn't seem like a master of productivity.

The problem: It doesn't matter where the nickname comes from, the reasons behind it or how it was originally meant. The effect remains - in the worst case with negative effects on the job.

Nickname at work: what to do?

You rarely have any influence on your nickname. Most of the time, this happens on its own and is given to you by others. With some nicknames, the bearers would certainly want more say. In reality, such nicknames spread particularly quickly and it is up to you how you deal with them.

How exactly you should behave in this situation depends on various factors. First of all: Is it a hurtful nicknamethat can, or is intended to damage your reputation, you have two options: you can ignore the taunts and try to show greatness. The less you go into it, the faster the gossip from your colleagues will run out of steam and a normal relationship can arise again. After all, it's no fun to make fun of yourself if it doesn't seem to bother the person in the least.

How it looks inside is a different matter. The situation is too stressful for you Sit out therefore not an option. If the provocations with the nickname don't stop, you can call in the boss or the human resources department to counteract the bullying.

The situation is different if the nickname is harmless, is meant purely for fun or is used by friends among colleagues. The following applies here: Don't take it so seriously and laugh at yourself. This shows not only confidence, but also that you can handle the situation. So you take the wind out of the sails of even those who might want to use the nickname against you.

Prohibited nicknames are especially alluring

As with all things in life, the same applies to nicknames: It's especially fun when it's forbidden. Describe your boss as a dictator in a small group of colleagues? Extremely funny internally - until the supervisor overhears.

Ultimately, it doesn't matter whether you are a boss or a colleague. Nicknames that emphasize negative traits should be treated with great caution. Nevertheless, it is precisely these nicknames that are given over and over again in the workplace:

  • Department siren: Here someone has a voice that is all too clearly audible.
  • Chatterbox: A strong need to communicate - a colleague who talks non-stop. Whether there is a real topic is not of interest.
  • Screensaver: PC use is rather alien to the colleague, he spares him and lets others do it.
  • Beauty Queen: Someone who pays very careful attention to their appearance. Always with a lot of makeup, rather overdressed and especially vain. Incidentally, not only in female form, but also among male colleagues
  • CCO (Chief Copying Officer): A colleague of the old guard, he is not familiar with the paperless office. Instead, everything that comes digitally is copied and printed out.
  • Chimney: Smoking and the associated smoking breaks are an eternally controversial topic. Chain smokers quickly get nicknames on the job, especially if their colleagues are non-smokers.
  • Clown breakfast: The colleague loves jokes. However, only he can laugh about it, everyone else agrees that he has an absolutely terrible sense of humor.
  • Break overcoat: Can be found in almost every office. After the lunch break, everyone is back at work, except for one who always manages to exceed the break by 10 minutes.
  • Mail bomber: Fan of circular mails with a generous mailing list.

It can hardly be prevented that nicknames are making the rounds in the offices. Out psychological point of view they even have their justification.

  • You are a Valve for your own anger if your colleague overworks his own nerves again and you would like to get on his collar. It is better to give him the nickname of the nerve killer and to lower your own blood pressure again.
  • Sounds mean, but if you come up with nicknames together and use them in secret, strengthens cohesion and builds up a closer relationship with colleagues - of course only with those who do not receive the nickname.

Positive nicknames: praise in title form

Fortunately, not all nicknames are negative. Some are downright hymns of praise. Examples are ...

  • IT professional
  • Problem solver
  • helping hand
  • good soul of the office
  • Consolation giver
  • expert
  • Team player

No matter what kind of nickname it is, the work atmosphere must not suffer. In the end, it must still be possible to work professionally. If someone feels attacked or if their credibility drops due to belittling of the nickname, it is better not to do so.

Use nicknames: It depends on the colleague

Basically, the following applies in the job: Whether someone likes and accepts a nickname is his sole decision. Some colleagues feel aptly described by the nickname, some are good at laughing at themselves and have the nickname with a smile. Others, however, don't find it funny at all - no matter how it is meant. At the latest here is the end of funny.

Before introducing or using a nickname, ask yourself: What does the person concerned think of it? If the name is obviously negative, derogatory, then the matter is clear. Even if other employees are using the nickname, stay out of the way and make sure that the insults stop. If, on the other hand, the nickname is positive or funny, empathy is required. Does the wearer find the name just as funny? If you are unsure, so can you speak openly about it.

Also useful: Put yourself in his shoes. Could you laugh about it if it was your nickname? This perspective makes it easier to understand the feelings and to recognize when a name might not be appropriate. After all, mutual respect and professionalism should be a top priority in the job.

For some titles, however, there is a complete ban on use. Anyone who calls a colleague a blonde or a doll doesn't just go beyond that Limits to good taste, but is openly sexist. That cannot be done with the argument either It's just a funny nickname play down.

This is no longer a nickname, but an open insult and degradation. This is where superiors should intervene and if it is repeated Warning To give.

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