I started a new job a few days ago. My job requires me to be very focused, and so I must do anything I can to tune out noise. Apparently, this has led to my not being the most talkative person in the office.
What I'm wondering is -- why can't some people help but point it out and make a joke out of it? I've had two higher level managers poke fun at me by saying something to the effect of "hey stop talking so much, you're going to talk my ear off, etc."
Worst of all, following a brief presentation today, a girl who I don't even work with directly said I need to "start talking more." I felt it was so awkward and uncalled for - especially because she seemed she wanted to say it loud enough so that everyone could hear.
I don't know if any of you have experienced something like this, but why do some people seem uncomfortable when a person isn't very talkative? I wonder if it's that they start taking it personally and infer that it must be something that is wrong with them?
Even though I don't talk a whole lot, I do talk to people I work closely with. However, if I can avoid small talk and get more work done, I try to put off chatting until later.
I guess a quiet person is more noticeable when you're dealing with a small business such as this one. Maybe I'm making a big deal out of nothing, but I just don't understand what's the logic behind their behavior.
Has anyone experienced something like this?