MAYBE a recent episode of “Project Runway” was especially good, or the football game went into overtime and ended on an amazing play. Maybe you just have fresh gossip to share. Whatever the reason, you and your colleagues find yourselves standing around talking animatedly in the coffee room when your manager walks by.
The manager may say nothing — and may not even glance your way. But afterward, the conversation dies down quickly and you all head back to your desks.