You are in your cubicle, minding your own business when a co-worker walks by and stops to talk. Not a problem, right? But it does become a problem when it happens multiple times a day. Your talkative co-worker interrupts your workflow and hinders your productivity. How to deal with a talkative co-worker?
Here is how to deal with a talkative co-worker:
Wear headphones and/or make yourself busy – Wearing headphones is a common way of showing that you don’t want to be disturbed. If you looked focused and have headphones on, you’ll be less likely to be disturbed.
Politely let them know you need to get back to work – You can make any number of excuses that you need to get back to work. Make sure to use friendly tones to soften the blow. Also, make sure you at least interacted in the conversation before you bring up the excuse.
If it’s work-related, schedule a meeting – If you’re being regularly interrupted but its work-related questions schedule a meeting and talk about the issues at length and in a more focused manner.
Confront them more directly about the inappropriate amount of chit-chat – This can be uncomfortable but sometimes it is necessary if the problem persists.
Speak to a supervisor – This option should be saved as the very last resort.
With these tips, you’ll be able to mitigate any chatty interruptions and get back to working hard. When you are not working feel free to visit Manmeister‘s online shop.