A：Yes, but let's step into my office so we don't disturb anyone else. What is it?
A：I agree. After all, that is what we are paid for and people who misuse company time are wasting company money.
A：I did. And one of the ways to do that is to engage in small talk or "chit-chat," as we say. You need to talk to your colleagues about things other than work.
A：It's not wasting time if you do it at the appropriate times.
A：Basically, at the beginning of the day when everyone is getting their tea or coffee and starting to settle in; during breaks and at lunch. The end of the day is another good time to chat.
A：Chen Hao, I know this is important, but can we talk after work? I have a project to complete before the end of the day.
A：Often people who have just competed a project or an assignment, need a break. They don't always consider that their colleague may be in the middle of something and doesn't have time to talk.
A：Location is important. Pay attention to where you are so that you don't disturb the people who are working.
A：A place like the break room or an office with a door will give you privacy as well as prevent others from being distracted by your conversation.
A：Yes. We haven't talked about one of the most important - what you talk about.
A：Small talk should not be viewed as a time to get personal and pry into people's private lives. Nor should it be a time to spread gossip.