BLUF: I need an equivalent word or phrase for "Dude" that I can use with the women on my team.
I am a man managing a team of 8 women in HR (Payroll). I work at a large, premium manufacturer and the culture is fairly formal and very performance driven. I've got good relationships with my team and due to some poor management prior to my arrival (1 year ago), some of them get very defensive at negative feedback. I'm completely at a loss for a word or phrase that I can use to replace "Dude" to help set the right tone for feedback. Any suggestions?
One other point that might be relevant is that I'm the youngest person in our department at 30 and my team's ages range from 35 to 74*. (*No typo there, one of them is actually 74. The only creature on the planet that could call her dude is probably Crush from Finding Nemo...)
Thanks in advance for any ideas!