This is not mine own real name but what past younger colleagues hath used to calleth me.
Sorry, I’ve been having too much fun with this online English to Shakespearean translator recently. Nevertheless, the above is a fitting example of how work relations can feel strangely formal or old-school in companies here in Manila.
Anyone who’s held a job in the Philippines has experienced either being called sir or ma’am or having had to refer to their higher-ups as such. Above, I mentioned being called Sir Arthur not by people who work under me but by my contemporaries. As much as it is a sign of respect, it has in turn, become a barrier between a boss and his employees or even among peers. I’ll rant about the “Mamsir!” tragedy another day. Continue reading