Old lady trouser-smell with yesterday's knickers
- Feb 1, 2010
We have our names on badges and we HAVE to wear said badges all the time on shift (presumably so customers know who to complain about). Nobody has ever shouted my name out, although some customers do find it...not funny, exactly, but I think there may be an element of control in it, to use our names continually during an interaction. Almost as though they are warning us that they know our names so we can't pretend that this interaction didn't happen...We had a big debate at work about name badges. The powers that be wanted at least given names on the badges but some staff objected. The main reason being they said was that someone who'd found out their name could call to them in the street and they would think it was someone who knew them and be off their guard, particularly going home on late nights.
The powers that be attended a meeting with the concerned in the library with them and seemed to be at least partly persuaded by the above argument. However as they left the meeting and walked through a busy library another member of staff held a 'phone out to one of the staff from the meeting and yelled. "'Ere Gill, your Joe's on the 'phone; shall I put it through to the staff room?"