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Asda's new pronoun badges for staff

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BessyK Mon 08-Jun-20 18:41:10

My BIL who works at our local store has just received this information, he thinks Asda's gone mad. Asda are also funding Diversity Role Models with £100,000 over the next year. Looks as though they're jumping in with both feet.

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YippeeKayakOtherBuckets Mon 08-Jun-20 18:42:05

Urgh. ‘Ask me my pronouns’ is such narcissism.

TerribleCustomerCervix Mon 08-Jun-20 18:43:35

Why on earth would I need to know a shop worker’s pronouns? Where would that even come up when asking where the balsamic vinegar was?

OhHolyJesus Mon 08-Jun-20 18:43:41

Is it compulsory or recommended/suggested OP? If not compulsory it would be interesting to see how much employees pick this up.

Mrskeats Mon 08-Jun-20 18:50:42

Phew another reason to go to Waitrose.

hellotoday27 Mon 08-Jun-20 18:52:20

mrskeats
Love it!

Sirzy Mon 08-Jun-20 18:54:09

I can’t think of many times I have ever had to use the pronoun of a supermarket worker so it does scream of “aren’t we great” from Asda trying to score points.

The ask me my pronoun is particularly bad. In the nicest possible way I don’t care about the pronoun of someone I will rarely see and never interact with more than please, thank you and general niceities.

TheFallenMadonna Mon 08-Jun-20 18:55:31

It says "for colleagues who wish to wear them".

topcat2014 Mon 08-Jun-20 18:57:46

My local Aldi like to swap their badges around. Fair play to them I say.

I always chat to the staff, but do not need to pry into their lives

Tulipstulips Mon 08-Jun-20 18:58:22

Oh FFS.

Mrskeats Mon 08-Jun-20 19:00:40

And also Walmart hardly treat their staff well.

BringbackLang Mon 08-Jun-20 19:00:41

I wonder how many staff will wear them verses how many staff will think it's a ridiculous waste of time and money.

Lowprofilename Mon 08-Jun-20 19:06:33

I used to wear a very masculine name badge, and I'm not particularly feminine, but definitely female. I just thought it was a laugh, as did my colleagues. I can definitely see this being used for laughs.

LinemanForTheCounty Mon 08-Jun-20 19:07:50

I guess it saves people asking them about their collective bargaining rights.

zanahoria Mon 08-Jun-20 19:10:11

You don't get this twaddle in Aldi or Lidl

Tangerrenie Mon 08-Jun-20 19:13:55

Trying to think in what scenario these would be necessary.

FlubberWorm Mon 08-Jun-20 19:14:21

Seems reasonable to me. I have a friend who is a very masculine looking and sounding woman (born female, not trans or anything) who gets sick of people assuming that she's male (they do so even when she dresses in a more feminine way, it's quite astounding). There are always going to be people who are outliers, for whom asking is better than assuming

HermioneWeasley Mon 08-Jun-20 19:16:27

Oh aye, that’s the biggest issue for Asda employees - not the enforced contract changes, the closure of staff canteens, the equal pay claim, the union busting by Walmart.....

StealthPolarBear Mon 08-Jun-20 19:19:37

It might be voluntary but I suspect people will end up feeling the pressure. Before long not wearing one will be seen as an aggressive act.

Mrskeats Mon 08-Jun-20 19:21:24

Quite lineman

heartsonacake Mon 08-Jun-20 19:22:09

He shouldn’t have shared this information with you, and you most certainly shouldn’t be sharing it on the internet. He can get severely disciplined for sharing company information meant only for colleagues.

Enderthedragon Mon 08-Jun-20 19:25:56

Seems reasonable to me. I have a friend who is a very masculine looking and sounding woman (born female, not trans or anything) who gets sick of people assuming that she's male (they do so even when she dresses in a more feminine way, it's quite astounding). There are always going to be people who are outliers, for whom asking is better than assuming

Sorry, but if I was that woman, I can't see how someone asking 'so, are you are you a bloke or a bird then?' is any better to be honest!

WrathFaeKlopp Mon 08-Jun-20 19:27:01

It might be voluntary but I suspect people will end up feeling the pressure
Yes, its an aggressive tactic.

Morred Mon 08-Jun-20 19:28:25

Isn’t it transphobic to make people state their gender?

Thisismytimetoshine Mon 08-Jun-20 19:29:15

I don't give a shiny shite what Asda worker's pronouns are? confused
Under what circumstances would I use them?

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