Test your skills
In New Zealand workplaces being able to communicate and interact with colleagues and the boss is very important if you want to fit into a team. Most new migrants find this a challenge, especially when it's the boss who greets them.
Robert is not comfortable talking to the manager. What would you do if you were Robert?
Wait for the next lift
Not worry about it - John will understand
Make an effort. Maybe ask John if he is having a good day, or say something about the weather