I recently took a new job at a very large company. I’m still in a support role; however, I now support software engineers rather than sales and marketing staff. The contrast in personalities is stark. Perhaps I should revise that to say the engineers have no personality at all and therefore cannot be compared to the characters at my former place of employment.
I’m in my third week but have not been introduced or spoken to any of the people in my adjacent cubicles. I go to the break room, smile at the coffee drinkers, and get nothing in return. Yes, I tend to be shy, but I abide by a tactic of recognizing a new face and making some iota of effort to welcome that person to the work place. I don’t always introduce myself to newcomers at work, but I at least acknowledge them. I greet them in some way and always smile while passing them in the halls. The robots at my office won’t even do that.
My issue could stem from a cultural difference. (Many of my co-workers are not from the U.S.) Or, it could be a product of the intense focus engineers demonstrate in their work. Maybe the blinders they wear while programming code prohibit them from participating in the social mores of American office life. The positive spin I place on being ignored is the minimal distractions I encounter in my new role. Whereas at my old job, I was bombarded with nagging requests, office gossip, and appeals to be a shoulder upon which to cry, I can appreciate the quiet and focus on the new job. I’m no hermit, but I think I’m happy with the latter.