Also keep in mind that front-desk people tend to be some of the youngest and least experienced staffers. So they might not have the art of office etiquette down yet. But it means there is still hope for them to improve.
I’m not excusing any sort of rudeness; I’m just trying to offer a better perspective on it. But here is what you can do: Be as nice as possible. Say “Good morning” first. Learn her story; ask how her weekend went. Compliment her on something — whether it’s a job well done after a tough day or her new cardigan. Find out when her birthday is and get her a Starbucks card. Be creative, and lead by example. You never know — you might be the only nice voice she hears all day.
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Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., takes a selfie with his cut-out head during the Hoops for Youth 16th annual charity basketball game held at George Washington University's Smith Center, September 8, 2014. The members of Congress team beat the lobbyist team 46-40. Buy photo here.