A few things to remember regarding nicknames.
- nicknames are awesome
- the simpler the better (more likely to stick this way)
- you do not have to be close friends to give a nickname, in fact the friendship normally grows from it.
Being around a new office comes new people whom need nicknames to help grow relationships. Fact. (or maybe opinion…whatever)
The reason for this post came last night when I got a facebook friend request and message from an old friend that said, “hat boy says hello”. I haven’t spoken with hat boy in at least 3 years, we were great friends my freshman year of college and then he moved. Upon meeting Davis and hanging out a handful of times, I recognized that he was always wearing a hat. I proceeded to make the comment “you’re a hat boy aren’t you…” everyone recognized it, he loved it, and from that day forward he was “hat boy”.
Current nicknames floating around the office are gar fish for Gary, plateau for Jack, and squeaky for Adam. It is still uncertain if they will stick like ole hat boy’s nickname, but we will see.
Moral of the story is nicknames are fun and they can last a lifetime. Remember to keep them simple, let them be organic, and of course keep them appropriate (most of the time…). Nicknames lighten the mood around the office and add to your company’s culture, especially as a start-up.