Sunday, 10 February 2008

Calling "Sir"

Well I am an engineer graduate and I have worked through couple of engineering companies. One of the traditional things, which I have seen and hate the most in these engineering companies is that you have to call your boss as "sir". Now what the hell is that? Are you knighted or what?

I have heard in some IT and ITes companies, most of them have policy that employees should not call their next seniors as "sir", which I appreciate. Once I had a written a mail to G. M of my company and in salutation I had written Mr. Xyz instead of Mr. Xyz sir. Damn!! I came to know he got agitated because of my email, and complained to our M. D that I am arrogant, aggressive and what not.

We are servants or what that we have to call you "sir". Respect should be earned not be forcefully taken. And just calling someone "sir" doest means that you respect him or her.

And if you call your boss by first name that tends to make your relationship with your boss more close and you can share your problems with him openly.

Vishal V

6 comments:

ruSh.Me said...

well, it depends..if the guy is really senior...then calling him sir would actually make u feel nice, respecting the guy for his experience....!!

a younger guy addressed as Mr. does make sense.....!!

Satan said...

Hey rashmi,

Well I agree you have to agree respect your senior with lot of experience, neway for me I respect anybody regardless of his position , experience, race, religion, caste etc. But does it mean you have to call him "sir" to respect him.

What is the problem if you call him/her by fist name, doesn't it mean that your relationship with boss will be much friendlier and that would really help in your work too?

ruSh.Me said...

sir...does have that formal feel to it...which i think is requisite in a professional workplace...ur boss can be ur friend....whether u call him Sir or Mr......depends on ur camaraderie with ur boss....!!!

dhirenupadhyay1982 said...

Yes Vishal I agree with you since I do not call anyone in my company with "Sir" and if anyone is annoyed by it then he can kick me out the job.... I'll call one a "Sir" but first that one has to kiss my a** .....


Dhiren Upadhyay
American Express - New Delhi

redronin said...

As Nana Patekar aptly says in 'Welcome' - "Aaj kal biscuit ko bhi Parle 'G' bolte hai"

Satan said...

LOL........