Let me give you a little background about my work:
A. I work for a State Government Agency and 90% of the people here have been here for approximately 20 years. Okay I made that statistic up, but everyone has been here a REALLY LONG TIME. I went to a retirement party for someone that had been here for over 40 years a few weeks ago.
B. I'm at the headquarters location, and its a BIG building with over 1000 people in it. I am in the HR department, and in our office, theres about 10 other offices/cubicles. I know the 10 people I work with well, plus I know the other HR office people, and the training and development office employees. And thats about it. I would guess theres about 20 people in this building I know by name.
With that being said these things make me REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE at work. So uncomfortable I just want to crawl in a hole and die.
1. Bathroom small talk with employees I've never met. Can we just all agree that theres no need to make conversation in the ladies room with a stranger? Even if we've made awkard eye contact in the hall, we don't need to chat about life. But it NEVER FAILS. Women I DO NOT KNOW always just start telling me the most random, pointless stuff that I don't care about. One lady said out of nowhere as I was washing my hands "Note to self, make less coffee tomorrow." And another lady starting telling me about the ankle pain she was having. And this is an everyday occurence. IT IS SO WEIRD.
2. When people share really personal, tragic details about their lives. This one, this is just too much. I know a lot about my immediate coworkers lives, they know a lot about mine. But the people who start talking about how they're going through a nasty divorce the second time we've ever spoken is just too much for me. Its even worse when said person is a male. I just can't handle this kind of situation gracefully. Why are you telling me this? Do you have a friend or a counselor you can talk to this about because I am NOT the right person to help you through your life crisis.
3. When people make references to my age like I am the office child. (I am.) I know I am, but its just so weird to overhear someone nogastlistically say "Oh but when you're Brittany's age....." I am in my twenties and the closet person to my age is 10+ years older. Everyone has kids and then theres me, the newlywed. Sometimes I hear things like "Ohhh...newlyweds. Just wait 5 years." when Ronnie brings me coffe at work or does something nice for me. Sad, right?
4. When coworkers want justification for a bad decision. "I shouldn't eat this cookie, should I? I worked out yesterday though, and its one cookie. Plus, its Friday, and calories dont count. I am going to have a cookie." This makes me CRAZYYYYYYYYY. Have the DANG COOKIE, I am not judging you, I'm on my second one over here!