(Closed) Work Etiquette Question

posted 7 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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2867 posts
Sugar bee

I’m not sure how well she would take it.  People get offended over things.  Can you tolerate it for awhile until you buy a little time in the company?

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Sing along!!  Seriously – if you start singing along to the radio too, or start singing you own sings, maybe she will realize how “thin” the cube walls are…..  

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I would say something. The longer it goes on the more it will bother you. Just start off by making a comment like, “its nice to hear the radio sometimes to break up the silence”, then say, “but at times, it can be a little distracting when you sing along.”  See how she reacts. Its not an easy task but confronting it head on is best. If she doesn’t stop I would go to your manager. But always try to resove it yourself first.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@Rock Hugger: hahaha! not a bad idea, actually…

Post # 7
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Wait until she leaves for the day and then steal her radio.

 

…. Hehe, sorry I have issues with annoying co-workers too and I think about doing things like this all the time.

Post # 8
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Is there maybe a neutral third party that you could have talk to her?  It would suck if she takes it badly and starts singing louder! 

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Eventually, you’ll probably tune her out and not hear it. You could say something, but you are the new kid on the block, and you should probably feel things out for a while before creating waves. She probably doesn’t know that she’s doing, so it will be a hard habit for her to break, and every time she finds herself doing it, she’ll just become irritated with you.

Now, one thing you could do is talk to her about how you’re trying to learn your job and that you’re having a little trouble concentrating on it, and ask her if she would mind turning the radio off for an hour or so just so you can really focus for a bit of time. Most people understand that when you first start, that is the hardest time to concentrate and focus, so she’d probably be cool with turning it off for a while to help you out.  I know I would be if someone new came up to me to help them that way. Just be sure to thank her when she turns it off, concentrate on your job for an hour or so, and then be fair let her know how much it helped and that she can turn it back on.

If you do it that way, she’ll know you want to build a good working relationship and that you’re willing to compromise. It’s non-confrontational and considerate of both your work habits and hers.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@TinyTina: HAHAHAHA I want to steal the power cord to one of my co-workers radio.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 1996

I’d say something. That’s pretty much universally unacceptable cubicle behavior. Even in my own office with walls and everything, I’d only ever put on music with the volume very low so that you couldn’t hear it beyond my doorway. Music in the workplace requires headphones. And singing? Just no.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Oh that sucks…could you play you radio in your cube so that it isn’t super load but also would be loud enough to cover up her singing?  What about listening to your own iPod or something?  I usually do this when I need to eliminate background noise, but only put in one earphone so that I can hear pages and other things that I may need to know.

@caszos:  Some people are like that!  They think “I will be even MORE annoying because I know you don’t like it.” – although it depends on the person 🙂

@Loribeth:  This is a good plan too… compromise without making her upset since you are the new girl.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Can you use an ipod and listen to white noise?  Or maybe earplugs?  Asking to turn off the radio is one thing, but it sounds like she has a lot of personal behaviors that could be really irritating (but she might not be able to control).

Post # 15
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

So this is not helpful but it reminds me of the scene in office space where he ask Milton to turn the radio down. If you never have seen office space totally rent it. =)

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

to OP:  now you know why that position was vacant for you to fill LOL.  i feel for you, when i started my job a couple years ago i had to sit next to 2 people who listened to different radio stations at the same time.  one was also a foot tapper, it almost drove me insane.  i didn’t know what to do and waited things out, now i am away from both, but wish i could’ve done something sooner to save my sanity. 

also:  what the hell is wrong with people??

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