So I am at work today and I need to ask a coworker about some hours she reported on a job I thought was complete. I walk down to her end of the hall and I see she is in the office next door speaking to another coworker. They both look at me and continue their conversation. I stand there a few moments waiting to be acknowledged so I can ask her to stop by my office when she has a chance. Instead of acknowledging me they continue to go about their conversation. After waiting another minute I see they are not going to stop talking to see what I want and at this point I feel foolish for just standing there so I walk back to my office. I find this happens quite frequently not just at this job but at previous jobs as well.
Now I understand finishing what you are saying and then acknowledging the person who just walked up but to just ignore them completely is very frustrating. I don't walk down there very often and never to just chit chat so they know I was there on business. I suppose I could have interrupted the conversation but I was waiting politely to be acknowledged. I don't like interrupting other people's conversations but if someone is in my office talking and another person comes by to see me I at least acknowledge them and tell them I will get with them as soon as I am done.
This used to happen to me a lot with my old boss. What was even more frustrating with her is that I would have a client on hold and she would have a 15 minute long conversation with her husband on the phone while I waited. Am I the one who has the bad etiquette? Should I not expect to be acknowledged until they have finished their original conversation? Especially if it is not work related?