Is it ever rude to say hi at work?
My new job (that I love) is at a community colleges military site. My position was brought in because the military site failed an audit and, under the lone direction of someone who should have been monitored and replaced eons ago, managed to have about as much fraud, irregular conduct, and illegal/unethical work situations as you could possibly get under the roof. That director was forced to retire and many were happy. There is a group that is not. They do not want change and do not want "new" nosy people from "the district" poking around telling them what to do. And I am the "new" Fiscal Sup who is from "the district" poking around pointing out what is and is not legal/ethical/state or federal mandated. So, while I have made new friends, I also have about 3 or 4 women who don't much care for me. It's not personal, it's my position, and I know that.
One thing I always do is greet my staff. Even though my office is upstairs, I always stop in first and last to say hello/goodbye. Now, one gal, let's call her Sandy, has made a comment already (at a large staff meeting) that she does not like to be distracted and if she is looking at her computer screen to not bother her. She does registration so she and two or three others are front and center in a large area that accommodates students, etc., it is not a quiet area by any stretch of the imagination. She always gets the crankiest, most annoyed look on her face when I come in and, of course, say good morning or good afternoon to all of them. I am thinking she is going to complain about it, she loves to complain, try to get the other gals fired up and then have a "meltdown" at work about it. So, I'm trying to think of a way to head that off at the pass.
I don't yell or holler, I just say hello, so nothing out of line. I know she is just being a stinker because she hates change and wants to make the "new" "district" person look bad. I would like to eventually win her over but I have also informed her sup that if any more public meltdown hissy fits occur that I would be having a firm discussion about inappropriate work behavior with her staff.