My junior colleagues know that I have expertise in certain areas and can help them whenever needed. In fact, there were cases where I was proactive and helped them resolve issues in those areas.
There is this one junior with whom I have had good conversations in the office. Yet, when it comes to ask for help, s/he uses a roundabout way to seek help from me.
It usually starts with talking about an irrelevant topic with me, or shouting at the top of their voice airing their problem among others.
In first case, I felt like the junior was trying to butter me when it was not needed at all. Given the rapport we have had, I felt this was absolutely unnecessary.
In the second case, s/he talks aloud so that I can hear them and then they would approach me for help. We sit at neighboring bays.
I feel that creating these kind of contexts is not really important. I am ready to help them even if they approach me directly.
I do not want to respond to such buttering or shouting aloud persons. I want to make them clear that if they need any help from me, they can approach me directly.
How should I approach this issue?