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Between crazy bosses and creepy coworkers, it's a wonder you get any work done at all. Here's a little help.
You Will Need
- A Loud Coworker
Mention the problem
When you two are alone, gently mention the problem and its effect on you. For example, 'I don’t think you realize how loudly you speak; it sometimes makes me lose count when I’m checking inventory.'
Ask other colleagues who share your annoyance to politely complain, too. There is strength in numbers, and you won’t look like a lone nutcase.
Shame the loudmouth
Try shaming the loudmouth into straightening out. Start wearing earplugs, and place a large decorative bowl of them on your desk with the sign, 'Warning: Loud Employee in Vicinity. Help Yourself.'
Bring in a radio and tune it to whatever music Loudmouth detests. Turn up the volume and pretend you can’t hear Loudmouth’s pleas.
Fake legal action
When Loudmouth is having a rare quiet moment, fake a call to the Bureau of Labor—speak just loudly enough so Loudmouth overhears the phrases 'can’t hear myself think,' 'take legal action,' and 'hostile work environment.'
Move your workspace
Respectfully request to move your workspace far away from Loudmouth. When your manager or human resources representative realizes that this person is hampering office productivity, they will step in.