Ahh, the awkward office moment… It’s the point of habitual line steppage, if only for a moment, between colleagues, superiors, and/or subordinates. It’s the point where you’re walking on eggshells, only to realize that you’re barefoot and eggshells can cut up your feet. Laughs quickly morph into embarrassing silence. Eye contact is avoided. Emails go unreplied to. Today, we break down a few awkward office moments:
There’s always that one co-worker who you really don’t talk to, but happen to politely speak to on the regular. They could work in your office, or they could work in your building. You get up to use the restroom, pass by this colleague, smile, say, “Hi,” and keep it moving. Upon leaving the restroom, it’s like they were timing you… waiting for the exact moment you walk out, only to cross paths with you again. What’s the protocol? Do you speak again? Do you say, “Hi,” again as if it never happened? Do you pretend to check your phone in order to avoid the awkward eye contact that will inevitably ensue? Do you stare them down to see who will crack first? Awkward!
Just Got the Internet
There is always someone in the office whose only experience with computers, or anything electronic, occurs between the hours of 9:00 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. This is the person who still sends those emails about how Microsoft will pay you for every person you forward said email to. It is also the same person who will “Reply All” to the same types of emails. The internet hoax is red flavor, and they drink the koolaid. They love the koolaid. They bathe in it. It’s refreshing. Will God still bless me if I don’t forward your message to 100 other people? Are pictures of 400lbs fat ladies, wearing spandex in Wal-Mart really work safe? You never provided your bank info, but has that Microsoft money hit your account yet?
Similar to those above, these folks are the ones who will be the first to go when Skynet becomes self-aware. They’re frustrated because Microsoft Word won’t open, and decide to call you to help them. Despite the fact that you have a whopping Bachelor’s degree in History, they deem you the computer guru of the office since you have experience sending emails with attachments. Situations like these go something like this:
Idiot: Sorry to bother you, but this computer is acting up!
You: What’s the problem?
Idiot: I’m trying to open Microsoft Word, but it won’t open. Ahh, this is so frustrating!
You: Let’s see….. There you go! Opened right up!
Idiot: What did you do?
You: I think you have to double-click the icon.
This Conversation Is Over
You’re in the break room. Your co-worker walks in. You engage in small talk. This person decides they want to have an in-depth conversation, simultaneously, about world hunger, Extreme Couponing, their vacation to Liberty Land, and how their kid did the cutest thing last night. You spend the next 10 minutes, smiling, nodding, and looking engaged. All the while, you’re plotting your exit. Do you make up an excuse to go to leave? Do you just walk off while they’re in mid-sentence? Wait for another co-worker to walk in and bail you out? Awkward!
What about you? What are some other awkward office situations you have experienced? Leave a comment, and chime in.