Is It Okay to Call a Customer or Employee Honey?

Is it bad to call someone honey or sweetie?

So, I Googled, “Is it bad to call someone honey or sweetie?” There are plenty of answers, but the gist of it is that outside of a personal relationship, it’s wrong. Words that were used to describe people’s reactions included offensive, disrespectful, too informal, condescending, and patronizing. Some even said illegal, in the sense that these words, which are seemingly terms of endearment, should be used for more intimate relationships, not at work with fellow employees or customers where you could end up being called into an HR meeting, accused of sexual harassment and potentially fired.

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