This is someone I have a very casual working relationship with and he always says hi at work, sometimes going out of his way to do so but he's very unpredictable and hard to read. Any input or opinions would be much appreciated!
But he's in a position of authority and has sent me inappropriately mean emails out of the blue but I think it's because he's under a lot of pressure and loses it. He has a reputation for being mean with staff but apparently some have said that his emails to me were the worst they've seen him be. After the last one he apologized but I ve kept my distance a bit more since then. We never really argued in person though but our encounters are often akward.
For example, I'm admittedly often giggly around him and we'll be having what I think is a good conversation but then he'll tell me to stop laughing (this has happened twice), which makes me very uncomfortable.
I've heard he was going through a difficult time in his personal life and that's why he's so difficult at work. He travels a lot for work so I don't see him in person that often and he's much nicer with me by email since the last incident. We're both socially akward and he's in a position that would make it somewhat inappropriate for anything to happen between us so even if he were interested I'm not sure he would make the first move. I'm not trying to gage his interest before letting on that I might be interested but he's very hard to read and I guess the whole situation makes everything more complicated.
Especially if he is in authority over you.
It seems he knows these two “business rules” and is keeping his distance from you but still trying to be a boss.
But it's definitely a tricky situation which is why I'm trying to be careful and subtle.