Friday, 8 April 2011
You don't have to live with them
I'm a bit of a social butterfly. I have friends, acquaintences, people I air-kiss and other people whose faces are familiar so I smile as I go by.
In the last couple of years, time to myself has become a wonderful recharging break from the noise, excitement and stimulation of people.
When once I was 100% extroverted, some balance has been found. This is a good thing. I will always be a puppy dog who likes meeting new people but being alone and mindful is leveling the scales.
Now for point of this rant.
When you work with a bunch of people, you see them for around 40 hours a week. That is a large amount of your waking hours. I am not going to suggest befriending them all and spending time hanging out with them on weekends but at least be civil.
Too often, geeks can be so antisocial. They avoid work gatherings or sitting around the lunch table. If they do join then they sit silently and stare off in to space or talk at your about their latest technical discovery.
If any social emails go around, they immediately ask to be removed from the list. They aren't too subtle or friendly about it either.
I don't understand this. Some social lubrication makes work a nicer place to be. It seems sometimes as if the whole idea of people is distasteful.
Nothing changes for me. I still love getting up and going to work each day. It must suck to be so negative and uncomfortable around people.
Come on geeks, we don't have to live together. We just have to work together.