As I mentioned before, this work place is odd and awkward. No one talks to each other, there are no cliques on the team and no one seems to care.
I have been developing a couple of friendships, which has made the work place a little nicer. I have been asking lots of questions, listening and watching closely to everything around me.
I’m beginning to figure out the office politics, and who are the ‘go to’ people.
I have been talking to others outside of work about the awkwardness on my team. I’m trying to get different perspectives on the issue.
When talking this over with a cousin, she mentioned that it could be the supervisor we have. The supervisor may be the one that is causing the tension. I wasn’t sure if that was the case.
I went to work the next day and began to study everyone’s body language and facial expressions when she would communicate with them. I also began to ask specific questions about the supervisor to my team-mates.
WOW!!! That was it. The supervisor is the one that is causing all of this tension and awkwardness on the team. Now I understand why no one is talking or laughing with each other.
I figured I can work with this. Knowing where all of this yucky stuff is coming from, I know what my role is.
I have taken it upon myself to try and befriend my supervisor. I am going to take the advice of a very wise person, my mom……….I am going to kill the supervisor with KINDENSS. I know this will take time and some energy on my part. But I think it will be worth it in the end. I am hoping the supervisor will lighten up, even if it’s a little bit. That’s got to be better than what we have now.
Even if the supervisor does take a liking to me…well at least my head may be off the chopping block. Can everyone say…..kiss up? Yes, I will do whatever I have to do to make this job better for me.
Which by the way, I think it’s working. This morning while the supervisor as making her rounds, I got a “Good morning, Shelly”, she called me by my name and not just the good morning. To me, that is progress, I have not heard the supervisor give a personal ‘good morning’ to no one. My plan is working. I hope.
As for the job itself, things are getting better. I’m still doing busy work but not as much as I was. I can now do a portion of my actual job title. I still don’t have my log-ins for the computer program to fully do my actual job. There is some progress there too. I am beginning to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
Trying to stay positive and work hard at the busy work. I want to leave an impression. Hopefully befriending the supervisor will go a long way or at the very least, make things a little easier.