So as I mentioned before, I have a new manager. I’m not going to complain (because the only person who listens is my husband and he kinda has to), but let’s just say I’m still adjusting.
My new manager is not very personable and not just with me but with other people too. He has a tendency to just roll up on folks and
issuing orders making requests. And one thing I absolutely cannot stand, loathe, hate, AND dislike is for anyone to just come to my desk, without at least saying good morning and just start barking out what they want or need me to do for them. And as such, I have had to institute my workplace home training regimen.
How does it work you say? Well, it’s rather simple. When your uncouth co-worker or manager comes to your desk and just starts talking about work, you interrupt with a big smile and say: “Good morning, uncouth co-worker/manager, how are you?”. They are normally taken aback and realize their rudeness and will respond with a greeting before proceeding on with their request. You may have to do this several times to get said person trained but be patient and you will be rewarded. I have already noticed some changes in my manager, who has realized that saying good morning and making a bit of small talk goes a long way to not being thought of as an ass.
Some other workplace home training methods that I have used is ignoring the person who likes to hang around while you are on the phone trying to conduct business and keeping your back turned to that dumbass who likes to come to your desk and hover and doesn’t have the good sense to get your attention. I can hear them roll up behind me, but I figure if you don’t have the sense enough to alert me to your presence, then you deserve to stand there like an idiot.
I’m a firm believer that interpersonal relationships at the office go a long way to making your work life easier, in particular if your job is dependent on getting information from other people or help from another department. I don’t go to work expecting to be BFFs with my co-workers but being pleasant certainly makes it easier and I believe it makes folks more willing to help you and put your request higher on their priority list.
So what say you fine commenters? Have you had to “train” rude folks at your office??