I’ve found that asking for help, like with recommendations of places to eat or shows to watch or books to read, tends to work pretty well. It also opens the door for any follow-up conversations on later days about if you tried/watched/liked/etc them or not. The tricky part with this is just making sure they’re not super busy, but that’ll probably be easy to pick up on.
I tried asking that to the guy who previously sat next to me a few times and he made it seem like it was a weird question, like a “Why would you even ask that?” kind of response. I’m not sure if he just didn’t like foreigners or what though.
With my coworkers I’ll ask about their weekend/vacation, ask for recommendations, share something I did recently and ask if they’ve even eaten that/done that/went there and recommend it, ask what sports they did when they were younger if it ties in, etc etc.
When you get on good terms gossip always works too lol
Is this a regionally acceptable thing or am I just wrong about it being weird to ask here? Although I’m starting to think more and more that my old deskmate was a jerk… He told me there weren’t any communal trash cans at work, even for the vending machines on property. I’ve found like 7 cans since then that everyone seems to use.