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In the Workplace Small Talk is here to Stay

In an ideal situation, many introverts would prefer to do a job where he or she can make a great living without having to be around a lot of other people.

Introverts burn rapid amounts of psychological fuel when they have to interact with other people like staff and management within the workplace.

Small talk and pretending to show interest in marginal topics that most work mates engage in exhausts the introvert personality big-time.

For me, after several bouts of small talk with bosses and staff, I am nearly ready to shut down.

Small talk is annoying and pointless, but is a social expectation assumed to show concern and politeness; it does neither.

It's just a human ritual that rarely serves any purpose other than to allow those who talk too much—well, to talk too much.

Interesting thing I'd argue that "motor-mouths" need to be seen and heard.

Many of these people may have big egos and use small talk to satisfy selfish needs without regard for the listener.

I've been in one-way conversations with people where they talk so much that I get trapped in my head as an escape, and all I see is their mouth moving.

However, in the workplace there is culture and etiquette expected if one seeks to maintain employment.

And yes, as an employee in management in someone's business, I recognize my role to lead staff and support business objectives.

It is difficult being an introvert within a workplace environment where extroversion is the norm.

Spending forty-plus hours in such places is exhausting; I find I do not recover from the psychological drain of small talk as quickly as I once did when I worked with fewer people.

Many introverts despise small talk in the workplace and elsewhere.

However, in a world where loudness coincides to boldness, there is no hiding away. To have success in the workplace, small talk rituals are here to stay.

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