This is something that raises my hackles daily. Just don't do it!
@mike I have a rule - if you ping me on IM and just say “Hi” you’re not getting a reply. Ask the bloody question!
@kev Brilliant! That's *exactly* what I scream (in my mind) when someone just type "hello"!!!
Best situation is close to the end of the working day and I'm away from my desk, I come back after some time (it can be one hour or so), I see "hello", I write "hello" and then I go home. :)
I think I'll put nohello.com as my status.
Thanks for sharing! :)
That's because they think you don't want to or cannot talk to them. A "Hi" as a reply shows people that you are available and it is convenient to chat right now.
That's because messaging is regarded more synchronous compared to email. Sometimes, people want a reply right now, otherwise they would send an email. So if you don't reply to Hi, they think that they won't get a reply in the near future and want to ask someone else or you via email.
Question: do you see this behaviour more often (or exclusively) from colleagues of a different culture than yours?
In my case (multinational company, working with people located in almost all time zones and coming from different cultures) it seems it is.
I love to work with so many different people, it's so enriching!
I'd be sad working in a more etherogeneous environment (eg: all from same country or all white/black, etc. or all/main men/women, etc.).
to be cont'd
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