It is important to understand the difference between the various relationships we have. How we act around a stranger (a person we do not know) and an acquaintance (we may or may not know his name, but we have spoken to him and have seen him on a regular basis) is going to be different from how we act around a friend (a person we do things with, trust, and feel close to) and other relationships we have with family members and spouses. Following measures must be kept in mind while interacting with stranger, acquaintances and Friends.

How to Behave Around Strangers, Acquaintances, and Friends

Strangers – introduce yourself, so you

  • Know the person’s name
  • Say hello and be friendly.
  • Get to know the person before you talk a lot to that person, ask that person personal questions, or tell that person the personal things about you.

Strangers – introduce yourself, so you

Acquaintances

  • Get to know them better by engaging in small talk during breaks and social gatherings.
  • Say hello and be friendly.
  • Never hang around them when you are off and that person is working

Acquaintances

Friends

  • Spend time talking during breaks and after work.
  • Understand the importance of people having friends outside of work.
  • Never hang around when you are off and that person is working.
  • Do not expect a friend from work to want to do everything for you. Even friends need a break from each other.
  • Solve interpersonal problems outside of work.

Friends