Today I said goodbye to my colleagues and left work. I made it as far as the front door of the building before I realised that I had forgotten to place my laptop in the safe (no, don’t ask).
So I returned and locked it up, and walked past my colleageus again without saying anything.
This is allowed, as I had said goodbye only moments earlier so we were allowed to ignore each other on my second exit, as the original goodbye was still “active”.
But I wondered – why IS it slightly embarrassing to say goodbye too quickly after having said it earlier? For how long was my original “goodbye” active? 2 minutes? 5? If I had returned after 20 minutes to collect something would I be required to say it again, or does a “goodbye” cover me for the rest of the evening?
Well I don’t know, and that’s why I’m asking. These things are generally a mystery to me, and I wasn’t around when they handed out the manual. Any tips, people?