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I live in Proctor Vermont - it is 109 miles each way. I work at the NY State Government complex near UAlbany. I have a new job lined up starting in 3 weeks. Work from home for first 6 months then move to Virginia.
Looked me in the face, turned their head forward - never breaking their pace.
Efficient salutations for workplace create high levels of productivity.
No need to await answer.
You are at work so your only possible answer is "fine".
If you are on the positive side of "fine" then you are happy and obviously need more soul-crushing work to do.
If you are on the negative side of "fine" then you need to be fired immediately since you're a detriment to the workplace.
Oh I get it now. I was about to say... nothing wrong with saying hello to people. But it sounds like that person was just being nosy to you while passing by along the way to someone else. That's annoying and disrespectful IMO. But it's also the office world. Most people really have no idea or simply don't care enough about how they treat others in the office world. It's not intentional on that person's part... it's just done out of ignorance and lack of self awareness of one's own actions.
I've noticed this as well from people where I work and realized that none of them really care. At one point I actually did start saying that I had a horrible day and so on. Only a few would ask about details and then I'd have to explain why I said it. Now I usually respond with a "I'm doing pretty well, how about you?" The question seems to cause people to pause and actually force them to reply.
If I don't really want to know or don't have time for a conversation, I usually just pass by someone I know with a friendly "Hi Bob!" and keep going. If I am curious or do have time, it would be more "Hi Bob, how are you today?" What I say and how I say it are important to what I'm after.
That is true about NY'ers though, the wife jokes about when she moved and went to a deli in the south. They actually asked her what she was planning to do with the ham and cheese she was buying! She was very confused at first as in NYC she would expect to order, get said order, pay, and get out. Transaction completed, don't waste time.
Head turned toward me as they walked forward toward their destination person. Head turned away before I could answer - obviously they didn't give a sh*t about the answer and perhaps didn't even know their lips were flapping and making distracting sounds.