Do people still call each other by last name at work?

Like Ms. Stanton, Mr. Kelly etc


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Most Helpful Guy

  • Not in any but the most formal settings.

    I work for the machinery maintenence department in a factory environment. I have a coworker that's about my age, but 20 years senior to me in the workplace.

    He looks just like Shaggy from Scoobie-Doo. Granted, he's grown up since he got the name but still, he's known as Shaggy to everyone in the building up to and including the plant manager. The nickname is so pervasive, that people often don't recognize his real name on the few times it's ever given.

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Most Helpful Girl

  • In like, a retail setting? No. I call everyone by their first names or if we're friends, some friendly insult. Managers included. Usually when we say a managers last name, like over intercom or something, it means there's a threat in the store.

    One of my managers will sometimes just address me by my last name, and it has a very football coach feel about it 'cause he doesn't add the "miss _____" he just says my last name in like this, commanding voice lol.

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What Guys Said 13

  • Not where I work. They thought it was strange that I had my lab coats labeled with only my last name.

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  • Yes, in most cases

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  • No, I don't. I call people by their first name. Even my bosses I call by their first name. It depends on your work environment/organization. And I work with mostly Baby Boomers/Generation X.

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  • Less and less as decades go by, apparently. In the military, law enforcement & some upper level corporate firms is the only places I've seen it in the USA.

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  • I call friends by their last names a lot, mostly in a mock serious fashion, but I'm not actually going to do that in a serious context.

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  • Yes we do.

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  • No not if they are coworkers

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  • No that's not normal here at least.

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  • Depends, I would assume you only call people who are way above your pay grade by last name in most professions. It's quite rare. The military does it however.

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  • Not that I've noticed.

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  • good luck figuring it out. noobs.

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  • Not that I've noticed

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  • In the USA (in my experience) not generally.

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What Girls Said 5

  • None of my jobs did. The only exception was a former teacher I was working with at one point. I couldn't bring myself to call her by her first name.

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  • Well if you're the boss I imagine yes but if you're coworkers probably not.

    Guys might but they don't tend to address one another with "Mr." at the beginning of their name. They tend to just call/refer to another by their last name.

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  • Only a person of senior status visiting otherwise, it's a first name basis.

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  • Rarely. but I think it depends on the profession one is in.

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  • Definitely yes

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