Aside from the weird noises of clearing throats, sneezing and cellphone ring tones that I have to endure listening to daily working in a cubicle, what bugs me even more is having to say “hi” several times a day to the same coworkers all day long. I can cut them off when they ask, “How are you?” by simply saying “good” and not asking them how they are. Do I have to greet the same colleagues all day long with a “hi”?
–VM, Seattle, WA
Use body language and facial expression to acknowledge the person’s presence. A simple nod, smile, wink, peace sign or slight wave of the hand can get you by in most instances.
- When passing by, don’t slow down, but don’t speed up either.
- Then there is always the looking away as though you are distracted by a sound or reading a text.
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