(Closed) NWR – How Offended Would You Be?

posted 4 years ago in Career
Post # 3
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817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@Zhabeego:  I wouldn’t be too offended, but it doesn’t sound like she’ll really listen to you and quiet down. Good luck!

Post # 4
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3887 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Walking over to her cube and asking her politely would be waaaaay better than sending her an IM. Not only can the written word be more likely to be mis-interpreted than the spoken word, but come on… it’s 15 feet….

Post # 5
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776 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

ughh I work in one too and my neighbour is.. loud. I keep headphones in most of the day to deal with it (my neighbour scares me and I don’t want to say anything to her). I wish I could be more constructive but in my case I’m a big chicken.

Succeed were I have failed, OP! 😉

Post # 6
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11239 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I would probably be super embarrassed, but I agree with @fishbone that it would be better to go talk to her.

Post # 7
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9692 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper

@Zhabeego:  I think in open concept offices there is a certain level of etiquette that should be expected…but that doesn’t mean that anyone has to follow it. When I work in spaces like you described, I am always very cautious about volume, but a lot of folks just aren’t.

Just remember – it’s not what you say but how you say it. Try something like, I’m having a hard time concentrating today because of my headache. Would you mind taking your call in the conference room? Sound really carries here. Or my favourite – leave a copy of the etiquette standards for open concept offices on her desk 😛

Post # 9
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5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Zhabeego:  If you can’t say it to her face, don’t.  An IM is the corporate equivalent of note passing and can be misinterpreted easily.

Post # 11
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5983 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2018

@Zhabeego:  I work with some of the most horrible, loud, annoying, half crazed, self indulgent crones to ever crawl out of the forest and put on a power suit….they suck at tech stuff, they refer to their computers as “machines”, everything is a mini-crisis, we deal with crying, hysterics, passing out, arguments and school yard fingerpointing on a daily basis….it’s called work because it’s not fun….but at least it’s entertaining!

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Nona99:  “If you can’t say it to her face, don’t.”

Agreed.  OP – if you are that bothered by it, you need to get up and go talk to her.  Don’t IM her.

Post # 13
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1132 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

There’s an attorney in my office who is loud as hell on the phone and it bothers everyone. Not even the attorneys will say something to her, so I sure as hell won’t since I’m just a legal assistant. I just put in my headphones.

Post # 14
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343 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

we used to use signs that said quiet please, i’m on a call. i think most people got the message.

 

Post # 15
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

No matter where you work, there’s always one asshole who likes to ruin everyone’s day, be a loudmouth or just be a general PITA.

 

For those of you who say you don’t have an asshole you work with, then maybe you are the asshole.

Post # 16
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3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

Can you bring up the issue to a manager, so that they can in turn talk to her about it (and coming from someone with more authority, maybe she’ll actually listen)? She should NOT be using speakerphone when everyone’s in cubes, that’s ridiculous.

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