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Teasing

The teasing of a new employee is often nothing more than a way of helping the person become a full-fledged member of the group. It is a form of initiation rite that will help you feel you belong. Sometimes it is a group effort in which everyone participates. More often, however, it is an individual matter. Teasing, for the most part, is harmless.

The shop foreman who never had the advantage of a college education, but who has learned considerably from practical experience, might enjoy teasing a recent graduate of an engineering school. If the graduate engineer goes along with the teasing, a sound relationship between the two should develop. If, however, she (or he) permits it to get under her skin, the relationship could become strained.


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