Use Body Language To End Conversations With Chatty Coworkers

Use Body Language To End Conversations With Chatty Coworkers

Talkative coworkers can be quite a distraction, not only do they not get their work done but they keep from you getting yours done too. Cut down on unproductive chatter with a simple body-language hack.

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While detailing out a list of ways to save time in your office the produtivity-centric folks at Productivity501 shared a way to use your environment and body language to control the length of conversation. Their suggestion? Remove the guest chair from your office:

People are less likely to stay for a long time chatting if there isn’t a place to sit. You can keep a fold out chair nearby or borrow a chair from the conference room when necessary. If you stand when someone enters the room, you can easily signal for them to leave by sitting back down.

A significant change in body posture and returning to the position you were working in before being interrupted is a great way to signal that chit-chat time is over.

If you have a time-tested technique for keeping the lid on chatty coworkers, we’d love to hear about it in the comments below.

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  • I find putting on my headphones and laughing manically at the offender is a sure-fire way to get them beating a hasty retreat.

    Failing that, just keep your deskphone on your mobile’s speed dial and call yourself out of the situation.

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