Post # 17
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
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
(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)
Post # 20
She is an HR Representative…. 🙁
I don’t have a problem with her playing music. It’s actually easy-listening, so it’s pretty nice. It’s the singing/humming/whistling/finger drumming along that is the problem.
Unfortunately I can’t wear headphones because I sit outside my supervisor’s door and I need to be able to hear her when she calls for me.
I think I’m going to ask IT to reposition my computer to the other side of my cube and maybe that will help a little. Right now we sit basically face to face with a cube wall inbetween.
Hopefully that will help a tiny bit.
Post # 21
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!