So I recently started working at a headquarter. Yeah, sounds fancy but have no fear, because this girl is so not fancy. You have anything to worry about, reader. Nowhere will there be mention of complicated excel sheets and whatcha-ma-call-it territories. *small chuckle*
The funniest thing is that for a big place with so many opportunities to interact with other folks, I notice that most people keep to themselves and their assigned groups. They may branch out to different floors or partnering departments, but most nearby cubicles folks just keep to themselves and pound away at their keyboard.
Now, please understand that I respect their strong job ethic. They’re focused on their work. But what I’m saying is, if you meet someone in the common areas, compliment. Say hi and even introduce yourself. Make someone laugh. Go out of your way and if it’s awkward, embrace it. (But please learn to accept yourself first before reaching out to others, otherwise you may take the person’s reaction personally. Another article for another time.)
You don’t know people’s stories and what their going through. A small gesture of kindness, even if not demonstrated right away, can have such an uplifting spirit for that person. I interact and make it a point to remember people’s first names. This week specially, it’s been fun and silly to do so because half of the time I’m either gently blown off or sincerely thanked. And you know what? I could care less of those who don’t embrace because it’s worth every effort when I get someone to smile.