We've all been there before: You have a tight deadline, stare at a mountain of work and your talkative counterpart has won't let you alone How's it going? So you get back to work without ruffling your feathers.
Sure, it's fun to take a break from time to time to chat with your colleagues about things, but we all had a colleague (or three) who spends far too much time calling you up and spending a lot of time too little time to concentrate and do your job. Proceed as follows:
Let them know that you must return to work.
The first way to stop a talkative employee is to politely but firmly tell them to return to work. [1
If you do not show signs of slowing down, it's okay to interrupt them politely. Try something like, "I'm so sorry I've interrupted, but I have to work again, can we finish this conversation for lunch?" If you set a specific time for a new conversation, you can mark the jump on completion
If you want a solid, concentrated working time without interruption Wearing headphones is a visible sign that you are not open to an engagement, if you have long hair, pay close attention Make sure your headphones are easy to see, so people will not believe you just ignore them.
You do not even have to hear a thing, even a big over-the-ear headphone muffles office noise a bit and lets you Imagine that they are not immediately available.
Turn on your "Do not disturb"
Not just chatty colleagues personally If you work remotely and use an office communication tool like Slack, you might also fall into the trap of talking to a talkative colleague.
If you work in Slack (or something similar), you can use status or emojis for. Indicate that you are not open to conversations. Set up a stop sign or write an away message. If your communication tool, such as Basecamp, does not allow a status, you can tell the main work channel that you are switching to focus mode, and it would be desirable for users to limit their breaks. If all else fails, disable your notifications.
Do you work in a traditional office setup? Set up a whiteboard or sign that says you are working on a project. Use the visual cue to stop conversations before they begin.
If your coworkers tend to talk about work issues in the break room or the water cooler, ask if you can schedule a meeting to close the meeting conversation. When planning a meeting, you can prepare for the discussion and increase the likelihood that you can create actionable items and tasks to drive the project forward.
Talk to a supervisor
If all else fails, you can talk to a supervisor about your talkative colleague. This should only be done as a last resort and only if your best efforts to stop them from contacting you all day have failed.
Be sure to solve the problem yourself before involving the HR department.