There are some body language habits that could be perceived as you slacking off or not being interested in learning the ropes, even if that’s not how you feel at all. For instance, if you’re not making eye contact, or if you’re checking your watch or phone for texts, or you’re slouching at a meeting, you’ll look like you have something better to do.
Instead, sit up straight, keep your eyes on the speaker, temporarily shut off your watch and phone notifications and take notes. For more on this topic, check out our our story on body language mistakes.
As for your office interactions, you don’t want to be a “close talker,” sneak up on someone who is facing their computer, or hover over anyone’s workspace. Respect personal space, and give a little knock on the cubicle wall before you approach someone.