I have coworkers who are really eager to agree with what you say, but don't really listen. I can be explaining how something works, or instructing them on certain procedures, and they will quickly nod their head, and say "Yep, uh huh, uh huh" before I have finished my sentence, and sometimes they end up missing the point entirely.
When speaking of this behavior candidly among my friends, I refer to it as "bobblehead syndrome" not to be derogatory, but because I don't know what to call it.
I'm not (I don't think) aggressive when approaching coworkers, and they have no reason to be afraid of me (I'm not their direct supervisor or boss). How can I be more inviting to them so that they are paying attention and listening and not "bobbleheading"?
I spent time with one such coworker away from work (not intimate) and she behaved completely different out of the office - she listened, and spoke with feeling and understanding the whole time. This makes me think it's a type A/B thing, or a personality trait. Is there anything I can do to make a coworker more comfortable when talking to them?
How can I communicate better with a co-worker who is not a good listener? Is a great question, but deals with someone who feel their coworker never listens to them. My coworker is trying to listen, but is being overly anxious and more eager to agree with me mid-sentence than to ask questions about what they don't understand.