Just Stop Talking: How to Deal with Chatty Coworkers
October 4, 2018
There are lots of perks to working from home. I am so lucky to work in my own little zone and on my own schedule. However, many of my friends work in real offices and are all having a similar problem these days: chatty coworkers. From talking too much, too loudly, or at the wrong time, chatty coworkers are the new Netflix of the office world.
We may work remotely at Brilliant Ink – but we have some expert tips for how to deal with these enthusiastic yet pesky coworkers who are slowing you down and making you look bad.
First up, identify the type of chatty coworker.
This article sums up three types of coworkers who are constantly stationed at your desk talking your ear off. Are you dealing with an oblivious employee who can’t take social cues? Or, does your “work wife” take her title a little too seriously and constantly vents to you about everything? Knowing what type of chatter you’re dealing with is the first step in understanding the situation and choosing your plan of action.
Put your frustrations aside and empathize.
Before you talk to your boss, move desks, or stick your earbuds in, spend a few minutes learning about why people talk too much. There’s a reason behind it and it might make you less stressed and frustrated to see things from your coworkers point of view.
Weigh your options.
We rounded up the best strategies for coping with coworkers who talk too much. Read about sending physical signs to telling white lies and decide which method is best for you and your office.
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When all else fails, ask for help.
If you’ve tried everything you can think of and things still aren’t getting better, bring up your issue to HR or your boss. Your boss will respect you for trying to handle it on your own and wanting to be your most productive self at work. They will want to help you get back on track and they’ll also want to figure out why their other employees have so much free time on their hands.
Being expert communicators and seekers of the truth – we think a major reason for overly chatty coworkers is that they’re bored or unfulfilled by their jobs. This 2016 survey found that employees only spend three hours a day doing real work in the office. If you just realized that you’re the overly social coworker and hate your job – see below.
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