Actually this experience with the office move has been food for thought. Why is it easier for people acting in groups to become callous and cold towards those they are (supposedly) helping? Why does belonging to an institution make people act afraid of acting with kindness towards others?
I used to see this behavior in cats at the Shelter. New rescues would come in and after the obligatory period in isolation would go into the main cattery area. Resident cats are an iffy lot when it comes to meeting new cats. Standoffish doesn't begin to describe it.
All I know is that I am eternally grateful to the people who eventually reached out to help fix the problems caused by the incompetence of others.
Thank you for restoring my faith in the best of individuals reaching to help.