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I was recently working on site for a project. It was alright, until the owner, and the exhibit content designer, and everyone else from other companies who are working on the project start demanding that I help them.
Like every five minutes.
I could not get what needed to get done done, and they then got to complaining that they could not finish their work, because things weren’t done yet. Things that I had not had time to finish because they had told me to drop everything and help them.
Luckily my project manager was nice and helped be a buffer to make sure I could actually complete tasks. As an intern I have little authority.
The worst part was me trying to escape to go to lunch. I had half and hour before I had to be back to meet the owner, and I needed a break from the other people. Before I punched them in the face. so I said I was going to pop out for lunch. They gave me a bitch face and asked if I could work through lunch because they needed to get their content up in time and the network wasn’t up.
So I kicked them off the computers without another word, adjusted the settings so the network would work, and then ran away and told my project manager that I was escaping for lunch and that I needed a sanity break. I had not had a break for the past four hours.
Some days I feel like I’m okay at being professional and having social skills, but some days when I can’t get a break it is hard to stop my inner bitch from coming out.
But as my project manager said when I asked her how she did this all the time, you have to realize that everyone is stressed, they all have their deadlines to meet, and being rude is quick way to make someone’s day go from okay to awful.
After three days of that, a four day weekend was greatly appreciated.
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A majority of the engineers at my work are awkward until you get to know them and obviously introverts who just want to design their systems, but they try and they can have meetings when needed. You don’t have to have perfect social skills to succeed, but you do have to make an effort.
People are a lot more accepting someone who is of friendly but awkward than someone who refuses to engage.
As a strategy, my dad has shit social skills but when he starts to falter he falls back on excellent manners. Awkward but polite is also acceptable.
As my friend who is even more introverted than me says: “It’s pretty much always going to suck until it doesn’t and you just have to deal. LIFE IS HARD!”
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