Why Do Coworkers Linger? Why Do People In General Linger?
 
1. They don’t realize they’re lingering – you haven’t properly conveyed

that you have other things to do and that they’ve overstayed their welcome
 
2. They lack social skills – everyone has different norms and someone with low social skills definitely won’t know that they’ve overstayed their welcome or have lingered too long
 
3. They don’t know how to exit a conversation – sometimes one may feel like they’re being rude by walking alway or being short in a conversation
 
4. They’re trying to build rapport and a relationship with you – they’re staying too long because they want to get to know you on a more personal level once the business portion of the conversation has ended

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