Post # 1
I started a new job, and the girl in the cube next to me was on vacation the first two days.
She’s back today, and I realize that she keeps the radio on at her desk (no big deal), but she also sings along to every song!! The office is large, but we are the only ones in our section so I am the only one that would hear her.
It’s very distraction. Should I say something??
Post # 3
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
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
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
@Rock Hugger: hahaha! not a bad idea, actually…
Post # 7
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
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
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
@TinyTina: HAHAHAHA I want to steal the power cord to one of my co-workers radio.
Post # 11
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
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 # 13
Also finding out that she whistles, hums, clicks her tongue, and finger drums to the music.
Additionally, she talks to herself about the tasks she’s doing.
I may have to say something….
Post # 14
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
- 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
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??