Pet Peeve #37: Noisy Side Conversations

Loud Howard - (c) Scott AdamsWe have someone who can always be heard on the phone from about 5 cubes away. Every word. Today, she was her typical self and stood outside our area and talked about a horse farm for handicapped people…for 5 minutes! The poor guy she was talking to was talking very quietly, so that if we didn’t want to hear what was being said, we could ignore it.

While doing this, no one can hold their own conversations, let along talk on the phone. It is a complete disruption and annoyance. After four minutes, she raised the bar, not in volume, but sheer insensitivity. Without any prompting from him, she blurted out “We adopted a horse for a year; it’s $3,000. Sure that’s a lot of money, but we could have adopted whatever. … If I won the lottery I’d be their benefactor.”

Within earshot of her, not to mention grabbing distance, there were FOUR people scraping by with less than one paycheck in reserves, and here she is flaunting how she dropped THREE grand on a horse that she doesn’t get to feed, brush, or ride on a daily basis. It is for other people to ride.

OMG, she came back and is talking again. Where is my baseball bat?

  • http://www.raisingcoat.blogspot.com Mindkiller

    That there is a serious problem. Not to mention rude. In situations like that it is best to approach the boss and explain the need for intervention. Tension like that, or the need to willfully ignore a blatant distraction, can cause massive friction and un due stress in the work place. I mean come on there is no reason you should have to sit through someone else’s converse, espetially when they are 4 cubes away. That what cubes are for, sound dampners and privacy(somewhat). Perhaps a reciprical action would get a point across.

    Talk loudly to a co worker in her hearing useing similar topics and cadence. I have done the same a few times i needed to. It has gone both ways. Good and bad. Yet both ways will get a message sent to the offender.

    You could always tell her to shut the yapping cuz it is causing stomach pains in the general area.

  • http://www.raisingcoat.blogspot.com Mindkiller

    That there is a serious problem. Not to mention rude. In situations like that it is best to approach the boss and explain the need for intervention. Tension like that, or the need to willfully ignore a blatant distraction, can cause massive friction and un due stress in the work place. I mean come on there is no reason you should have to sit through someone else’s converse, espetially when they are 4 cubes away. That what cubes are for, sound dampners and privacy(somewhat). Perhaps a reciprical action would get a point across.

    Talk loudly to a co worker in her hearing useing similar topics and cadence. I have done the same a few times i needed to. It has gone both ways. Good and bad. Yet both ways will get a message sent to the offender.

    You could always tell her to shut the yapping cuz it is causing stomach pains in the general area.

  • http://www.perfectlypetersen.com Perfectly Me

    Hey, Mind. Good to see you over on this side.

    I’ve tried many methods. She’s not really under anyone’s supervision except either the VP or the Pres… not sure which. I’ve tried to talk loudly to my other co-workers when she says something and say, “Wow! Did you know that? That’s real news to me! Glad I know it now!”

    It doesn’t work. She talks that loud on the phone, in meetings, and when she is talking about so-and-so having surgery tomorrow when she is in your cube. My suggestion is to never tell her anything personal, like how your hemmorhids are itching.

    She just walked by again. I can hear her down the hall… about 40 feet away.

  • http://www.perfectlypetersen.com Perfectly Me

    Hey, Mind. Good to see you over on this side.

    I’ve tried many methods. She’s not really under anyone’s supervision except either the VP or the Pres… not sure which. I’ve tried to talk loudly to my other co-workers when she says something and say, “Wow! Did you know that? That’s real news to me! Glad I know it now!”

    It doesn’t work. She talks that loud on the phone, in meetings, and when she is talking about so-and-so having surgery tomorrow when she is in your cube. My suggestion is to never tell her anything personal, like how your hemmorhids are itching.

    She just walked by again. I can hear her down the hall… about 40 feet away.