miserable work colleagues

March 20, 2007 3:31pm CST
I started a new job in September, teaching in a school in the UK. Nice school, great kids and a small, successful team of subject staff who are committed, dynamic and thoroughly humourless. I started to think that it was me, but it has just occured to me that they are just miserable. I have bought them cakes, tried a few jokes, i am always smiling, although never in their faces, i talk about my life outside of school and encourage them to respond but all to no avail. I like the school, i just don't like who i work with, what do i do now?
1 response
@susan50 (110)
• United States
20 Mar 07
clmasters, Who cares what your colleagues think. I am going to assume that you got into teaching for the kids, so you are not winning a popularity contest with your colleagues. As long as you enjoy the kids and the school itself, nothing else matters or is important. I agree it would make teaching there much more pleasant if even one co-worker were happy to be there too, but you can't make others like something that they obviously have lost the fire for.
20 Mar 07
I don't really care what they think, but i do have to get through meetings with them. I know it is the kids that matter, but is it wrong to want your work to contain a bit more laughter? It would certainly help mecope with the long hours of work after the kids go home. Maybe i just need to get out more.