Concealing disinterest in your peers' dull jobs

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Q. I work for a big company. When I meet fellow employees and they tell me what they do, I never know what to say. Most of their jobs sound so boring. I’m sure they can tell that’s what I’m thinking. How should I respond?

A. Ask about their job or department. Example: “I heard your unit was moving to the seventh floor. Is that true?” Or: “Do you ever work with people in my department?” Disguise your lack of enthusiasm with curiosity. Use these encounters to learn more about your company or tap the grapevine. You may find out something that helps your career.

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