The Colleague And The Situation

The boss, during or immediately following an interaction.

The signals

Lower-eyelid twitching, nose crinkling or single-sided smile.

The emotion it betrays

Anger, disgust and contempt.

Your move

Have a friend casually mention your name to the boss to see if any “tells” occur; if so, you have some work to do.

The Colleague And The Situation

The gang in the kitchen, when you approach

The signals

Engaged gazing, touching or orienting body towards you.

The emotion it betrays

Admiration, affection or interest.

Your move

All good; if they’re shorting you on these engagement techniques, it means you may have some fences to mend.

The Colleague And The Situation

Your copy-machine crush, when you corner her near the Nashua.

The signals

Tightly folded arms, looking over your shoulder as she talks or head or body orientation away from you.

The emotion it betrays

Defensiveness, disinterest and lack of engagement.

Your move

Find a different copier to use.

The Colleague And The Situation

The covert office couple, in the lunch room, interacting with one another.

The signals

Touching their own faces, mimicking each other’s posture and hand or arm positions, licking or puckering lips.

The emotion it betrays

Self-consciousness, desire or mental synchronicity, emotional bonding and desire.

Your move

Start saving for a wedding gift.