With the ongoing Covid-19 crisis, more and more companies have opted to Work From Home. With this, face-to-face conversations happen lesser and lesser and chat conversations, especially in group settings, will happen more. Not all might be formal discussions, and for few introverts who say something but don’t attract any reaction could end up being a big blow to their ego(?) that nobody is paying heed to their expressions.
It’s important to understand and visualize that there are no room full of people (chat room) sitting and watching your text (the messages you type) and choosing to ignore you. Instead, everyone is working on something, or might not even be at desk (even if their status shows as Online). Just know that the scene here is totally different, especially if you start feeling that people are ignoring you. That’s the last thing. They are just busy, it’s important to assume positive intentions, not because we must assume they’re good, but because our moods should not be spoiled because of others’ reactions to what you have to say – that’s the bane of Social Approval Indicators such as the ‘like’, ’emoticon’, buttons. Forget textual responses – you must be lucky (or a manager) if you want them consistently for all your messages.
To conclude, the next time you share something that you think is funny, but find no response at all, just move on! Nobody will remember that a week from now, may be it’s just you. On the contrary, you are the courageous one for contributing to team conversations when the others haven’t done it.
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Cheers, and good luck!