Post # 1
Okay, so this is mostly a venting post, but if anyone has dealt with something similar and either wants to commiserate or give advice on how to stop me from going insane, please share!
I share a cubicle with my boss. (Welcome to my glamorous life.) He makes these weird mouth noises CONSTANTLY. I’m not kidding you, it is constant. If he isn’t talking, he’s doing this weird thing that I have a hard time describing… It’s like blowing air out his mouth to a rhythm, and then clicking his tongue to a beat. I imagine it’s his “thinking noise,” but instead of saying “Hmm,” he blows air over his teeth & out of his mouth. It drives me absolutely BATSHIT CRAZY. I know when he’s arrived in the office because I can hear him around the corner doing this noise – and then he proceeds to do it at his desk ALL. DAY. LONG. It took me awhile to notice it (now I can’t imagine how I ever missed it!) – but now that I’ve picked up on it, it’s like Chinese water torture! It’s all I hear! It is this constant “drip drip drip” in my ears that is slowly chipping away at my sanity.
I have tried bringing my iPod to work to tune him out, but we have a pretty casual work atmosphere and I’m allowed to play music from my computer… So the couple times I tried putting in my headphones, I looked like a weirdo because there’s really no “reason” I need them, other than the fact that I am GOING CRAZY!!!
I don’t think I can professionally confront him since he’s my boss and I fear this would sound like a totally weird/petty thing to complain about… But I’m afraid if it doesn’t stop, I am going to have a Jerry Maguire-style freakout and storm out one day and never come back. Ahhhhh!
Thanks for letting me vent. TGIF!!!
Post # 3
Put the headphones in and just say you dont want to disturb others.
Post # 4
As someone who’s been the victum of “you chew too loudly” comment by a co-worker, I don’t really think you can say much. I think if you try and say something you run the risk of looking like the office complainer and it would reflect badly on you. (And just to clarify, I don’t think I really chew loudly because I’ve never been told that by anyone even in my own family, all I am is annoyed with said person now).
Post # 5
Lol! I shouldn’t laugh because it isn’t funny. I would HATE that. You have it worse than me because it’s constant, but we take phone calls from clients. There is a guy whose desk is in front of mine and he has a huge ego. He will be talking to a client and no more than a minute later he will slam his fist down on the desk, then throw a pad of paper across his keyboard–just thrown tiny 2 minute temper tantrums. It makes me so anxious and annoyed that a grown man acts like that becuase he fels the customer is so stupid and wants to explain their issue.
This is the first time I’ve worked in a cubicle, so I haven’t had to deal with it until this summer. You get to know someone’s annoying habits well. If I were you, I’d use those head phone no matter how ridiculous you think you look. Beats wanting to beat your face into the wall.
Post # 6
@sunnywoods It doesn’t disturb others because everyone here listens to music all the time. When I tried having my headphones in, he said, “Why do you have those? Just listen to music on your computer. I’ll like it, too.”
Post # 7
Ugh I hate any kind of mouth noises. That would drive me crazy too!
Post # 8
@megz06: LOL oh, man… I know most of us have annoying crap to deal with at work, and it actually helps to hear about that annoying coworker of yours. People are so weird!
Maybe I will try the headphones again and try to come up with an excuse for why…
@missbumblebee: I agree that I can’t say much. I just had to vent because it helps to blow off steam so I don’t blow it off on him!
Post # 9
@Ms Bookworm: OMG I can see myself totally writing this exact post about someone, these would be very similar reactions to ine if this was happening to me! I typically go the headphone route. If you say something to him it’ll make your relationship tense most likely. I’d still wear the headphones and tell him it helps you focus and drown out other noise, zone out and do work, whtaever excuse you can come up with!
Or, wear those clear swimming ear plugs.. HAHA
Post # 10
I feel you. I share a cube with THREE other people. One pops her gum 8 hours a day. VERY LOUDLY. The other chews his gum like a freeking cow. I don’t know how someone produces that much saliva to make that smacking noise so much! I wish they would have a gum ban since grown ass people don’t know how to chew gum properly. Then this old 75 year old man stands by the printer by my desk and smacks his lips. Seriously people?!?!?! I FEEL YOUR PAIN!
Post # 11
How annoying!! Use your headphones and just tell him it helps you focus and drown out other people. I used my headphones all the time at work because when people talked on the phone they were LOUD and it made me lose concentration.
Post # 12
@MsJ2theZ: That’s a good thought! “Helps me concentrate” is a good excuse. And actually true because it would prevent me from expending half my daily energy gritting my teeth & trying to contain my anger! Haha
@SpartyGirl: OMG that sounds horrible! Ahhhh
Post # 13
@Ms Bookworm: Ahh, the days of cubicle working, thank God they’re now behind me. Our boss is one of those loud temper-tantrum types, too. He huffs, puffs and stomps up and down the hall when he’s pissed off. But what’s worse is when he’s in a good mood he whistles all the freaking time. I can’t stand it. At least now I can shut my door.
Post # 14
@Ms Bookworm: HAHA! Yeah I have to use headphones to “concentrate” on not beating you over the head with my computer!
But really I use headphones to drown noise out and focus when I have something I need to get done.
Post # 15
My cubicle neighbor coworker is more annoying than that!
- He recites his whole e-mail (outloud proof reading).
- He talks about what he is going to do next outloud like we care
- He bangs on the desk really hard if he screwed up or something isn’t working
- He blows his nose and it sounds like an air horn/cruise ship (no joke)
- He asks me every time at 10:30 whats for lunch…(me, and 4 other guys go to lunch together)
- His phone voice is 100x louder than his already loud bronx accent obnoxious voice (no offense to anyone with NYC accents his is worse than you can imagine)
- He comes into my cubicle without even asking and pulls off a report for expenditures for the year because he can’t print his own (i’ve yelled at him a million times)
- He acts sooo fake infront of my boss! but she caught on!
- He slurps his iced coffee when theres nothing left and swirls it around when there is clearly only melted ice
- When he is overly excited (he has ADHD) he squirts his water bottle into his mouth really fast and makes a loud noise with it, then pops the cap back on and slams it on his desk
I could really go on and on..
Post # 16
@BellaDee: LOLOLOLOL I’m sorry to laugh, but those are hilarious/horrible. I am in pain on your behalf! And I can relate to some of them, especially the reading emails out loud and asking what’s for lunch. Also, 9 times out of 10 when he asks me what’s for lunch as I’m eating, he responds with, “Gross.” Okay, dickhead, I didn’t offer it to you! I happen to like it, which is why I’M EATING IT.