Those were never taught me so he should I know not to ask?
I never knew before not to ask a Hispanic coworker why she don't have a Spanish last name.
Or asking the assistant manager if my supervisor is working from home the other day. On another occasion, I asked him if corporate is working overtime when I found out they deleted my shift on a Saturday.
Or asking a vacationing coworker how long she'll be gone and the dates.
Someone at work said she works the next day. I replied that 8 days straight is a lot at once. She told me not to keep track of her hours like that. I didn't even work on all 8 days she did.
I'm not sure why she didn't like what you said. I think 8 days in a row is a lot too, and would have said so. Maybe she didn't expect you to know that she had already worked 7 days? How do you know that anyway? Is there a schedule there for everyone to see? Or do you have to go out of your way to know what days everyone is working? Personally, I might look to see if someone I'm friendly with is working on the same day, but I wouldn't be looking at everyone.
Same person asked me to help with her smartphone work email. I came across a personal website that she saved on her phone and read it out loud. She wasn't too happy with that but idk y since she handed me the phone to help with the email.
It doesn't make sense to me that someone who didn't seem too pleased with you in the section above would be asking you for help with her smartphone. Personally, if I thought someone was being nosey, I'd avoid asking them for help about anything.
Was the website you read out loud embarrassing or something? Again, I wouldn't go handing my phone to anyone if I thought they might see some personal website I'd been on. In this case, I think she's a little odd frankly. Then again, I wasn't there.
Another coworker was talking about her family member with another person. I asked if that family member is 24 yet. She got uncomfortable and went idk. My supervisor got on me for asking and said to let ppl voluntarily reveal informal rather than ask.
Your supervisor has made an excellent point, and really applies to all of these examples you gave.
Frankly, it always seems like you are bombarding people with questions. I've known people like that, and it feels like you're being interrogated, not having a conversation.
Start to ask more open ended questions, and let them decide how much information they want to give you. When they stop providing information, or change the subject you know they have said everything they want to say for the time being.
Instead of asking such blunt questions such as "When is she turning 24, what is your schedule, how far ahead," etc. Just listen to what they are saying and perhaps respond "That's interesting" or "That sounds like fun" or "Sounds like your cousin is having a tough time" then be quiet and let them talk more. Other phrases to use (when appropriate) are "That's interesting, tell me more", "How did you figure that out?", "Did you have a good time?"....general things like that.
We were talking about the current task at hand and hard aspects of it. Marianne* said she used to work at fast food but was let go bc she couldn't keep up with the pace. I asked her which one. She answered...uncomfortably.
What difference does it make where she worked? If you wanted to know if she worked at the same one you did, it may have been better to say "yeah, it's fast paced. I used to work at McDonalds, so I know what it's like" Then if she worked at McD she probably would say so, if she didn't say anything, then in none of your business.
Asking ppl's schedule in detail. "What's ur hours this week?" "How about next?" "Ok so when's the last date ur scheduled so far?" All in the same conversation with the same person. That happened multiple times.
I wouldn't like it if someone was, in my opinion, grilling me about when I'm going to work. Why are you doing that? Just wanting to know isn't good enough.
Asking ppl I barely knew (bc they're new) when they graduated high school as a conversation starter. Same for how old they are.
You don't ask people their age. You can ask where they went to high school, but not when. Let them volunteer.