Anonymous
Anonymous asked in Society & CultureEtiquette · 1 month ago

Is it possible for employee to be so busy that she can’t respond to co-worker’s “good morning” while he was walking by, NOT stopping to talk?

I don’t understand why employees (particularly females) are defended when someone claims they are ignoring them.  For example, if she’s getting a cup of coffee in the cafe, and a male co-worker walks in and says “good morning.”  Keep in mind he didn’t directly look at her and hold her hostage to start a conversation, but instead said “good morning” nonchalantly while grabbing a refreshment.  How busy and overwhelmed can she possibly be that she can’t respond, especially if she had the time to get coffee despite being “busy.”  Also, what if he simply says “good morning” as he’s walking past her workstation?  He didn’t stop to talk, but was simply being friendly.  So, if he responded, she wasn’t at risk of him engaging in conversation.  If a male co-worker is just following etiquette protocol for a measly 1 second, isn’t she being rude for not responding? How can she possibly be too busy and overwhelmed?  She’s basically treating him like a panhandler when all he was doing was being polite WITHOUT trying to talk up a storm.

Update:

So, if SHE responded... (typo)

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  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    People can get lost in their own thoughts and legitimately not hear the other person. However when a man complains about a woman doing this nine times out of ten it's owing to some innate misogyny and he wouldn't give it a second thought if a guy did that to him. So, yeah, she's got something else on her mind, but also yeah, she doesn't owe you her attention just because she's female and you're male.

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  • Pearl
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    it might be in some situations

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  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    You're still obsessing over this?   As I told you yesterday, a generic "good morning" opens the door for this female to say it back.  She'll look like the fool if she ignores the greeting.

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  • 1 month ago

    Some people are so preoccupied that they really don't even hear a polite greeting, especially first thing in the morning.

    My advice: Don't obsess about this.

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  • 1 month ago

    It is not always about being busy, but just thinking about other things that might make someone miss the greeting being offered.  Also when you fail to make eye contact with whomever you are speaking to, the message can be understood to NOT be for them.  I mean haven't you ever responded to someone who wasn't talking to you and felt embarrassed?  Most prefer to avoid that.

    Until you are assured of someone's undivided attention, you can't demand a response be offered.  Understand that the word nonchalance means "unconcerned" thus any nonchalant greeting doesn't demand a response at all.

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  • Cogito
    Lv 7
    1 month ago

    It's just nothing to get upset or annoyed about.

    Let it go.

    If someone doesn't want to say 'good morning', they don't have to.

    It simply doesn't matter.

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