There’s nothing like a good natter or proper catch-up in the kitchen or while you’re on your coffee break at work, but there are times where it’s better to just keep quiet in the office.
They say silence is golden and it’s much better being renowned as the strong silent type than it is to be the employee that doesn’t know when and where to keep their mouth shout. Here’s three times it’s best to utilise comfortable silence in the work place.
1. When you’ve asked a question
If you’re nervous about a query you’ve asked and you’re faced with a quiet pause (we know, it can feel like a LIFETIME), don’t feel like you need to further explain yourself – just sit tight and wait for a response. You can’t expect an answer stored up to be immediately dropped on your lap. Have a little patience and your colleague will answer you in due time.
2. When you don’t know what you’re talking about
There’s nothing worse than an awkward silence and it’s easy to feel like you need to fill it. But don’t just waffle on just for the sake of it. You never need to fill in a silence, especially if you’ve got nothing useful to fill it with. You might make a fool out of yourself or even say something you regret, so just like the silence be just that – silent.
3. When someone’s getting on your nerves
Don’t become the office gossip or the subject of what others talk about while in the staffroom. If someone’s not quite being your cup of tea today, just concentrate on your work and bite your tongue (at least until you get home…) It’s the age-old saying – if you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. It’s a classic for a reason.