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Cut the Distracting Office Chatter

Cut the Distracting Office Chatter

Dealing with an ongoing situation that affects your productivity (and keeps you from getting home on time) is a situation that requires action. A noisy colleague’s voice that carries across into your won conversations is absolutely distracting.

Lynn Taylor, a workplace expert and the author of “Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant: How to Manage Childish Boss Behaviour and Thrive in Your Job,” says when the situation becomes untenable “it’s time to prepare for a diplomatic conversation and choose your words carefully,”

A few of her suggestions include:

Offer a compromise. If necessary, indicate that morning or afternoon times are more critical for you to have more quiet time. 'Remember to thank your colleague for being open to listening to you. And ultimately circle back to a positive note, such as a common project or a topic of interest,' Lynn says.

Lead by example. When someone is talking too loudly and you know it's upsetting the people around you, take the lead by saying, in a softer voice, 'I want to hear what you have to say, but I don't want to disturb the people around us, so can we step into a conference room or maybe chat about this at a better time?'

Allow your colleague to save face. No one likes to hear that they're a blabbermouth. 'When you approach your colleague, leave room for saving face. You can address the lack of sound-proof walls, poor acoustics in the area, your sensitivity to noise or the occasional need to rise above all the clutter by speaking loud to hear yourself think.'

Lynn’s book



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