The Loud Talker

I just moved into a different office building on our four-building campus, and into smaller cubicles with low walls. I now feel claustrophobic as we are packed into this space, and I am far less productive because it actually encourages socialization. (And they thought that the low walls would increase productivity because you can’t really surf the net.) Every time I stand up I look two of my co-workers right in the eye. How can you not at least say hi to them? And, whenever anyone walks by it’s the same thing. So public, you can’t help but start a conversation. 

So I now sit next to some customer service folks who are truly great at their jobs. Very compassionate and professional.  However, one of them is so loud that I cannot concentrate. She is on the phone all day and I overhear all of these customers’ personal problems. It’s awful.  Just when I thought I had mastered the art of the tune out, I can’t focus!

Any tips for me? 

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6 responses to “The Loud Talker

  • Stacey

    If you’re allowed, I suggest ear phones. It’s still noise, but not as distracting as a conversation.

  • Low Class "The Loud Talker"

    They must leave their manners at the front door in the trailer park where they grew up. —-When their mama yelled it’s dinner time so they actually think it’s normal to talk like they are the only ones in the room—just plain unprofessional and rude. One Co-worker will increase her loudness when she has a personal phone call?? Strange right—why would you want everyone knowing your personal business. If you didn’t have a life and grew up in a mobile home park—that’s why???? HELP IN DENVER. I work with WT.

  • Low Class "The Loud Talker"

    They must leave their manners at the front door in the trailer park where they grew up. —-When their mama yelled it’s dinner time so they actually think it’s normal to talk like they are the only ones in the room—just plain unprofessional and rude. One Co-worker will increase her loudness when she has a personal phone call?? Strange right—why would you want everyone knowing your personal business. If you didn’t have a life and grew up in a mobile home park—that’s why???? I work with WT.

  • Sun Baked Surviver

    I would advise the playing of Irish folk songs on a small tinny-sounding clock radio until all your cube-neigbors quit or move away (like to an area where they play something more relaxing — like Slip Knot or Santa’s Pillage!)… haha!!!

  • fruitloops

    i suggest the in-ear headphones. i sit next to a loud annoying fruity aggressive man that is soooo annoying and fake and talks loud, and the headphones drown him out.

  • Doris

    Oh man! That’s happened to me before. I would say headphones like Stacey suggested or if that’s not allowed, talking to your supervisor about moving your desk away.

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