An employee found an ingenious method for avoiding typical post-holiday small talk: answering every question in advance with a sign at their desk. Not necessary, you say? Wait until you come to the end of the week and count how many times you had the same conversation about New Year's resolutions.
To play devil's advocate, though: everyone hates small talk, but it's a basic social lubricant that ultimately makes people who don't have a ton in common feel comfortable, and if you can't handle that maybe you just hate people who aren't exactly like you?
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