Last night my wife was discussing her new job (QC Manager for a widget firm) . She mentioned that this new place like in her old position, employees seemed to segregate themselves from the management in the lunchroom. I’m also a manager where I work, and after a few moments of reflection, it occurred to me that I too, normally sit alone at lunch. She also mentioned the looks of dread or other expressions that people take up when she approaches them. I don’t so much have this problem, as for some reason, which escapes me; I’ve become the defacto employee liaison to the rest of the management staff. People wander into my office all the time to tell me their problems, which I relay or solve as necessary.
Now these things don’t bother me much, I’m more or less an aloof person anyway, preferring to be able to read my latest novel at lunch. But it really bothers my wife, that people seem afraid of her. So what’s going on? Is this cultural? Anyone else experience similar? Opinions please.