I started work at a vending machine company a few months ago and was doing delivery of school lunches to two schools. Since school has been out, I’ve been training on doing actual vending for a few accounts. Something that I’ve known for quite a while has become glaringly present amidst this training:

I cannot work properly and efficiently with someone hovering over me. I become uncoordinated, my mind doesn’t process properly and the easiest things seem unbelievably difficult. In other words, the stereotype that introverts lack common sense bears fruit here; my common sense abates the moment someone’s penetrating eyes are on my back. And it frustrates me, which just makes me fumble with whatever I am doing even more.

Now, given that this is training, a scenario manifest where I am alone to do this work would not be entirely feasible, but I am confident that if left to my own devices, I would be able to do the job without much difficulty. That’s not to say I’d master it in short order since it’s something new, but I don’t think I’d be fumbling around like the proverbial deer in the headlights, as I am currently.

Moreover, this same aversion to “people hovering” applies outside of a work context too. I just generally do not like people invading my personal space.

2 thoughts on “My aversion to people hovering…

  1. I feel your pain! Learning/applying something new with a helicopter boss in your midst is the anxiety equivalent to a cop asking if you’ve had anything to drink tonight – even though you know you haven’t, you still feel guilty of something and start fumbling your words.

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