Names and Work Schedules

So, a couple of years ago when I came out and transitioned at my job, my manager told me that the scheduling system could use a preferred name instead of my legal name.  This was good news because everyday the manager prints out a line-up sheet listing everyone working that day, where they’re working and when their breaks/lunches are.  Basically with out that feature of the system I would have to see my legal name every day that I worked as would everyone else who worked with me.  I was was overjoyed at this news and then my manager couldn’t get it to work.

So, he said the managers would just have to scratch out my legal name and write in Gillian when I worked.  That happened for about two weeks and then it fell to the wayside.  It wasn’t that big of a deal.  None of my co-workers called me by it and they switched pronouns pretty fast so it seemed like a non-issue.  Sometimes they would scratch off my legal name and write in Gillian and it felt nice like they cared, not enough to do it every day but still.

The obvious fix for this is to get my name legally changed but for several reasons I just haven’t done it.

Today I go into work, look at the line-up and it has Gillian printed on it.  I just stared at it for like a minute.  At first I thought I was misreading it but I looked at it again and it still read Gillian. I checked the new weekly schedule and it has Gillian on there too.  When I clock out it says Gillian as well.  Clocking in or out was a bit of a daily anxiety because your name stays on the screen for a few seconds so if someone was right behind me they could see my legal name before.

I honestly don’t know who or how or why the system is working now.  I’m not going to pretend it was done just for me.  There are a few other people, none trans, who go by names other than their legal names so this benefits them too.  I’m just really happy that it is finally working the way it’s supposed to.


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