The place where everybody knows your name

First world problem ahoy.

I’ve been at my current place of employment for almost 6 months now. It employs somewhere in the region of 500 people, so although I remember the names of most of the people I work with on a daily basis, I don’t quite know everyones name yet.

Thing is, they seem to know mine. I’m not quite sure how, as I’m very sure I’ve never been introduced/introduced myself/had conversations with some of these people. Yet they greet me by name in the corridor when I say good morning!

This brings a dilemma. I’ve been here 6 months now, so I should know their names by now, right? I feel I’ve been here too long to get away with asking. Also, what if my memory has actually failed me, and I have been introduced to these people at some point in the past?

This problem is neatly illustrated by the below graph:

WhatsInANameIf I am remembering rightly, and I never have actually been introduced to these people – what on earth have I done to make my name stick in their heads?

So I now have no choice but to hide at my desk forever. Or work from home forever. I just know this is going to end in me wanting the ground to open up and swallow me at some point in the future. Gah!

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