Workplace Etiquette

Have you ever been in this position?

I have a relatively new colleague who moved into the office next door to mine a year or so ago.   He decided not to speak.  Blatant.  Sometimes when I or my students would be in the hall, he would do the double lock thing.  You know, lock the door then double-check it just in case we were thinking about taking his stuff. 

Okay.  Onwards.

The following fall, he was all smiles.  No transition just I feel like speaking.

Same thing with a long time colleague who turned hostile then all off a sudden wanted to discuss Obama.

Now I learned as a young black woman not to play that friend for a minute s&*%.  We were taught to prize consistency.  If you don’t speak in front of certain friends, don’t try to be my buddy on the low. 

If you wanted to make a 180, you had to (wo)man up and ‘splain yourself — a process I would now call restoration.  Because without restoration, I’m inclined to look at folks like these like they’ve lost their !”(*Y*%$ minds.

How do you handle these sudden shifts?

 

 

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About liftingasweclimb

Mildred Lewis writes and directs for theater, television, film and the web. She's also a full time professor, Christian, activist and troublemaker with a passion to save as much of the world as she can.
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