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5 Super Awkward WFH Moments You’ve Probably Experienced

Workplace Awkwardness

Workplace Awkwardness

We all may have experienced awkward moments at school/college or the workplace. Things like waving back to a person who was only waving to someone behind you, or having to run towards an elevator door because your boss is holding it for you, across the hall.

These moments are inevitable and generally attract people who are already confused or introverted.

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  • Find common interests and discuss them.
  • Encourage others to talk about what interests them.
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Situations That Lead To Awkwardness
  • Walking into a room where you don't know any of the other people.
  • Being in a situation in which you don't know what you are supposed to do.
  • You are all talking amongst yourself and an unknown person approaches the group.
  • When a conversation does not go smoothly. 
  • Discomfort around food. 
  • Invading someone else's personal space—or having your own space invaded.
  • Not remembering someone or their name or not being remembered.
  • Been put in the spotlight or when others start talking about you while you are in the same room.
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  • Once there is clarity, one needs to enhance the bosses perception about being competent, reliable and trustworthy. Playing on one’s strengths while correcting the weak areas is a good initial strategy.
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  • Provide a plan of action that is tangible, measurable and showcases your progress in a visual, clear way.
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  • Do not rush towards becoming a ‘hero’ right away, and try to make steady progress, demonstrating your competence.