I am an Indian female working in an IT industry, India. Women workforce in this office is 10%.
Usually there are meetings that happen once in a month and some of us attend it. It could range anywhere from induction to townhall. I dress up particularly well to the office and since the women workforce is quite less, I get a little attention during these meetings, viz the meeting host turning his gaze towards me more than the rest or addressing only me during small meetings. I understand that this is a natural phenomenon and I let it go.
Problem is when these meetings end and the hosts that try to exchange casual greetings with me the next day onward. Whenever we pass by each other's desks or meet in the aisle/cafeteria, they expect me to say 'Hi'. But, I don't want to. I don't want them to say that my certain accessories are good or that I look good. And this happened.
Though we are in the same office, they are not my teammates. I might not even recognise them if I meet them outside the office.
When I say they expect me to say hi, I mean they do not cross the path as a stranger.
All said, I move quite well with my teammates, mainly because I work with them and that communication is essential.
I understand that these should be accomplished through body language, but I am stuck up here.
What should I be doing to avoid these casual greetings and conversations with whom I do not want to. What non verbal cues should I be practising?
I have observed that many women lower their face whenever they want to avoid these awkward moments. I don't want to do that.