I've been at my current job for a few months now, and the lack of conversation is starting to really bother me.
Besides me, there are four other employees, and we all sit in the same open office area. My co-workers do not talk to me. And it's not just to me, they don't talk to each other except rarely about technical issues. We all work on separate projects so technical discussions are few and far between. I've tried to chat about mutual interests or the weather or lunch or commuting or anything. No one seems interested in any conversation. I've asked folks to get coffee or lunch and no one has agreed.
My problem is that I am a social person. I like to be able to bounce ideas off people when working on technical issues and I really thrive on social interaction. I have an active social life, date, and bartend a few nights a week. I'm not socially awkward, and people seem to enjoy chatting with me outside of my office. Heck, people on other teams talk with me.
But at work with my team, it's an 8 hour stretch of isolation. The person I sit directly next to wears headphones all day so it's an imposition to ask them to discuss anything because they have to take off their earbuds any time we talk. So I've stopped trying. I can easily go an entire day without speaking a word to anyone on my team and it's driving me crazy!
Does anyone have any ideas? I am planning to look for a new job because I feel like I am in solitary confinement 8 hours a day. My last job was not like this, people chatted with each other and socialized. They stopped by my desk to run technical problems back and forth or just plain say hello.