Q: My supervisor, a woman who’s about 20 years older than I am, continually calls me “honey” and “dear.” She’s just being kind, but I don’t like it. How can I tell her?
A: You’re right to want to broach the subject carefully. I’d tell her gently, “I’d rather be called Sue.” You may have to repeat your request several times (it’s sometimes hard to break a habit), but she should get the message. Just remember to keep your tone light.