“I talk with many Shadow Dwellers who are mystified by the fact that chatty workers are rarely reprimanded. Sit and gossip and you are fun; close the door (if you have one) and you are antisocial. And we’re talking about work here, not a party!” (Laurie Helgoe divides introverts into two groups. There are the “accessible introverts” that often pretend to be extroverted, and the “shadow dwellers” who don’t try to fit into extroverted society.)
When I read this, I almost laughed out loud, because that is exactly what happens at my workplace. And today was no exception. I arrived at work a bit before 9 am. Two of my co-workers were standing and chatting in the kitchen. I put my lunch in the fridge and then walked over to my desk. A few minutes later, both walked over and congregated at one co-worker’s desk which is conveniently located right behind mine. They continued talking for at least another half hour, but it was probably closer to an hour. It just about drove me crazy, and I was trying really hard to ignore it. If I’m not working while at work, I feel that I’m wasting my time and not earning my wage. I don’t mind talking for a little bit, but after a while I need to go back to work. But I guess a lot of people don’t think that way.
Do you have any interesting work stories?