(Closed) Work Etiquette Question

posted 11 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 17
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

I used to share an office with someone like that … he whistled on top of the singing, humming, talking.  It drove me nuts, but over time, I learned to tune it out (well, not really, but more like tolerate it).  He was way more senior than I was (in his standing in the company) so it wasn’t worth it to me (IMO) to say anything.

If she’s an ‘equal’, then I’d want to say something like: I don’t know if you even realize the sounds carry, but the singing/huming/tapping, sounds are really loud and distracting from my work space.  Could you try to keep things a little more quiet.  And, if that fails, and you are able – perhaps bring in some headphones to drown her out??  

Post # 18
128 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Just go to your immediate supervisor and bring up the issue to them.  Let them know that it is creating a distracting work environment.  Thats what they get paid for to address these kind of issues in the work place.  If there is no supervisor, perhaps an HR representative??  I honestly think the person playing the music should be the one to wear earphones, not you.  good luck


Post # 19
414 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2011


(1) buy ear plugs (hope she will see you wearing it and get the hint)

(2) tell her that her music is not your style so it’s a distraction to you since you dont like the same type of music (say it nicely)

good luck~


Post # 21
6659 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: May 2010

Tell your supervisor. She gets the big bucks because she has to work these kinds of issues out. Good luck! I used to work next to a guy who would scream into his speakerphone convo all day long. I literally couldn’t even take a phone call if he was on the phone b/c the person on the other end couldn’t hear me through his screaming! 

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