At the office, which can also be applied to different groups such as in schools or other organizations, we meet different people outside our family. These people vary from the way they talk, the way they walk, the way they dress up, their preferences, likes and dislikes, achievements, and almost everything else.
Usually, a new group would undergo the “getting to know you” stage where everyone introduces themselves and give a short background about themselves, their interests and more. At the onset, a person will probably have first impressions on the people around him/her. This could even depend on the way they introduce themselves and may be purely subjective. We’ll probably be spending most of the day with our colleagues and friends. Let’s say you have an 8-hour shift. When you get home, you sleep for 8 hours. You travel for 1 hour, prepare for work for another hour, and eat for a total of 1 hour. That leaves only 5 hours for your family during a work day. There’s a good chance you’ll get to know more about your colleagues and you’ll probably become more comfortable with them as the days pass by.
This is fine. One will probably think that they’ll be with this group of people for a long time and it won’t hurt to know them. There may be some with very strong personalities. It usually is fine during the first few days but as they go along, there is a possibility that conflicts may arise between some parties.
This is really common and the only difference is the way each of us handle it. To some, you’ll just know since when you approach that person, you have nothing or very little to say. It may even come to a point when there are some awkward moments between the two of you. You just stop and say hi and then goodbye immediately. Then, it happens again and again. Some may try to level with that person to at least make it a bit comfortable. Who knows? They might get along pretty well. On the other hand, some may just let go and not try at all. Why force it? Just let it be. There may be some who’d say they went there to work and not to make friends which can also be true. Whichever you’d prefer would be fine as long as you are true to yourself and respect everyone’s decisions and preferences.
In that alone, we see that we all differ in personalities and preferences. We may not find someone with the exact things that we have. It just comes down to acceptance and respect. Being fair is something that should be observed as well. Some people may be unfair to you, some may even hurt you emotionally or physically, and some may even stab you on your back. It helps to be well-composed and professional. As many would say, we’re not kids anymore so let’s not act like one.