Anonymous User wrote:mjb447 wrote:Yeah, I'm also wondering if you've been direct enough about the components that are actually impacting your work. Co-clerk might realize that he's socially awkward without realizing how much it's affecting your ability to get stuff done. (Re: the situation as a whole - you may not be able to develop the relationship much past ignoring him as much as you can. Some clerks have difficult judges [see the rest of the thread] and some people have difficult co-clerks. It's just how it goes sometimes.)
That's a good point, actually. I could try the direct approach next time. Thanks!
Yea, be direct about needing to get work done. Don't be mean, though. There's a tactful way of handling it. And be empathetic. The guy's social awkwardness is likely out of his control. If you were in his shoes, how would you feel if your co-workers all shunned you? He's probably a good guy on the inside and is just trying to be a friend.