We have all been there before: you are on a tight schedule, you are watching a mountain of work and your talkative officer will not leave you alone. What to do? Here's how to get back to work without ruffling the feathers.
Of course, it's fun to take a break from time to time to discuss things with your colleagues, but we all have a colleague (or three) who spends far too much time talking to you and too little time to allow you to concentrate and work. completed. Here's how to handle this.
Tell them that you need to go back to work
The first way to stop a talkative colleague is to tell him politely, but firmly, that you must go back to work.
Wait for a pause in the conversation and then say, "I'd love to continue this conversation, but I have to go back to work." Add something about a deadline or a result to be achieved for which you are working on will help to add credit to your excuse.Everyone understands the pressure of work and deadlines and the idea that you would like to discuss a little more, but you also do not want to have any problems to relax you is very relatable.
If they show no signs of slowing down the conversation, you can politely interrupt them. Try something like, "I'm really sorry for interrupting you, but I have to go back to work. Can we finish this conversation at lunch? Setting a specific time to talk again will help calm the discussion.
If you want to get solid and accurate work time without interruption, wearing a helmet is a visible sign that you are not open. If you have long hair, make sure your headphones are easy to spot, so people do not think you simply ignore them.
You do not even have to listen to anything. Even a big pair of earphones on the ear will muffle the sound of the desk and give the impression that you are not easily available.
Turn on your "Do not disturb"
Talking colleagues do not just show up in person! If you work remotely and use a desktop communication tool such as Slack, you could also be trapped in a conversation with a talkative counterpart.
If you work in Slack (or something like that), you can use statuses or emoticons to indicate that you are not open for the conversation. Try to set up an emoji stop sign or write an absence message. If your communication tool does not allow status, such as Basecamp, you can inform the main work channel that you are in focus mode and want people to limit their interruptions. If all else fails, disable your notifications.
Do you work in a traditional office setup? Display a whiteboard or sign indicating that you are working on a project. The visual cue will help stop conversations before they start.
Schedule a meeting
If your colleagues tend to start talking about work topics in the break room or around the cooler, ask if you can schedule a meeting to finish the conversation. Planning a meeting will allow you to prepare the discussion and draw attention to the possibility of creating workable elements and tasks to carry forward the project.
Speak to a supervisor
If all else fails, you can talk to a supervisor about your talkative colleague. This should only be done as a last resort and only if your best efforts to dissuade them from socializing with you all day have failed.
If the problem is simply that the person is talking too much, not something more serious than sexual harassment, definitely try to solve it yourself before going to HR.
Do not forget that all the little speeches are not bad
Finally, remember that all the little things are not bad! Talking with your colleagues can improve your relationships and make you more excited about going to work. There is a time and a place to talk with people at work (some people need a little help to get you to work, to work from time to time).