I have worked in companies where I am the only IT person, and also as part of teams. As a team member, you find that certain people are more comfortable with you than others. You don’t take it personally, it just personality.
So when someone doesn’t like me, its life. If someone does like me, well that can change, so you don’t take that personally either. What happens though is that eventually with time, people start coming to you even if they don’t like you because you get the job done.
I was sick once and the next day I returned I had a coworker tell me that she was relieved I was here. She said that she didn’t have faith in the rest of the IT Team. The other members of the team had been at the company far longer than me, so she had plenty of experiences with them. She said that I was always able to fix her problems and she appreciated that.
So that makes you feel good of course, but it is also a sad comment on the perception of the department. In many places I have worked the perception of IT has been negative. When I have worked at companies with this perception, people expect to have an unpleasant interaction so they treat you as though you are going to give one. It is not my intention to brag, but simply to share that the biggest difficulty anyone faces is the past experiences of those they serve.
The image of Kermit and Chip serves to illustrate this point. I watched The Muppets and though I wanted to like it, I could not. I don’t like stereotypes, and having Chip being stereotyped didn’t set well with me. Part of the original intention of the muppets was to have fun, and that was a cheap shot at smart people. Yes of course IT people sometimes act that way, maybe even look like Chip, but it does a disservice to people who are critical to our nations future and competitiveness.
Chip may be a nerd, but he is also human. Treat him as human and you help him become a better one.