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Asda's new pronoun badges for staff
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BessyK · 08/06/2020 18:41

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.

Asda's new pronoun badges for staff
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YippeeKayakOtherBuckets · 08/06/2020 18:42

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

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TerribleCustomerCervix · 08/06/2020 18:43

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?

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OhHolyJesus · 08/06/2020 18:43

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

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Mrskeats · 08/06/2020 18:50

Phew another reason to go to Waitrose.

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hellotoday27 · 08/06/2020 18:52

mrskeats
Love it!

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Sirzy · 08/06/2020 18:54

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.

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TheFallenMadonna · 08/06/2020 18:55

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

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topcat2014 · 08/06/2020 18:57

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

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Tulipstulips · 08/06/2020 18:58

Oh FFS.

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Mrskeats · 08/06/2020 19:00

And also Walmart hardly treat their staff well.

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BringbackLang · 08/06/2020 19:00

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

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Lowprofilename · 08/06/2020 19:06

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.

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LinemanForTheCounty · 08/06/2020 19:07

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

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zanahoria · 08/06/2020 19:10

You don't get this twaddle in Aldi or Lidl

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Tangerrenie · 08/06/2020 19:13

Trying to think in what scenario these would be necessary.

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FlubberWorm · 08/06/2020 19:14

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

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HermioneWeasley · 08/06/2020 19:16

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.....

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StealthPolarBear · 08/06/2020 19:19

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.

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Mrskeats · 08/06/2020 19:21

Quite lineman

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heartsonacake · 08/06/2020 19:22

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.

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Enderthedragon · 08/06/2020 19:25

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!

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WrathFaeKlopp · 08/06/2020 19:27

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

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Morred · 08/06/2020 19:28

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

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Thisismytimetoshine · 08/06/2020 19:29

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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StealthPolarBear · 08/06/2020 19:30

I'm guessing that's why they've got the "ask me..." badge. For those who are men on Monday Wednesday and Fridays, and women in Tuesdays, Thursday and weekends. Saves you having to have two badges.

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