We have a couple of “talkers” like that in our fleet
Any excuse to get out of work and evade the boss
If there’s even a single marker bulb burnt out . . . not even close to getting ticketed . . . they’ll immediately head to the shop and talk non-stop. If you don’t watch it, they could tie you up for 1/2 hour or more.
The worst ones . . . in my opinion . . . are they ones that ONLY want to talk about money. How much do they earn? How much do I earn? When is the next bonus kicking in? Tier? Deferred compensation? When are we getting the tool allowance and/or uniform allowance check?
They go on and on and on . . .
I don’t know about the other guys . . . but I was taught to not be talking about money at work. If you’re not satisfied, then do something about it. Promote, transfer, whatever it takes. But don’t be talking about it all day at work, to everybody you encounter, for several minutes at a time. Just because somebody is answering your questions, doesn’t really mean they’re comfortable talking about it. Maybe they’re just answering your questions because they’re polite . . .
Then there’s another guy who keeps complaining about how much he hates California, and then he lists the various reasons, which I’m not going to mention. The thing is, he’s literally not tied down. He married a few years ago, but his wife still has a pretty menial job. He’s not yet a homeowner and they don’t yet have any kids. This is a classic case of somebody who could relocate to an area that will check off his boxes, so to speak.
And the worst thing is . . . he’s not considering that maybe the person he’s talking to actually WANTED to move to California. It’s not fun when you’re listening to a guy talk smack about an area that you actually enjoy being in, and you actually chose that location.
And there I go again . . .