I crack my knuckles at work… and I’ve been told it drives some folks crazy!
Singing, coughing, sniffling – you name it. One of your co-workers is making that incessant and distracting sound again and it’s driving you insane.
And while you’d just love to tell them to stop, office etiquette on this one can be a little fuzzy. Is it rude to point it out and ask them to keep it down? Is there a way to do it that won’t make you seem like the office ogre?
What can you do if someone in the workplace is annoying or bugging you?
Be open minded
It’s important to understand that not everyone is the same, Gallo says, so be mindful of those differences.
“We’re all different and have different working habits,” Gallo explains. “Some need a quieter space while others don’t.”
Should this noise be interfering with your work, then yes – it’s time to say something. However, make sure you do it nicely and in a professional manner, Gallo says.
But sometimes the thought of saying something can be scary and hold people back from rectifying the issue, which ends up making the person who’s annoyed even more agitated.
Offer a solution
Don’t be defensive, Gallo says. Instead, try to come up with a solution where all parties can be as happy as possible.
For example, you may think about moving to another spot in the office. Or ask your boss if there is an empty office you can use.
Another solution, Gallo says, would be to work from home one or two days a week, or at the end of the month when your deadlines are approaching.
“Figure out if this is a problem for you because you’re annoyed with loud people, or if it’s hindering your productivity,” Gallo says. “It’s important to realize that sometimes chemistry has a lot to do with it.”
If it causes tension
If you’ve done all you can and the tension you were trying to avoid becomes apparent, then it’s time to go to your human resources department and seek their help, Gallo says.
“If nothing is working make sure you reach out to HR,” Gallo advises. “They’ll take matters in their hands or to your manager. They’ll help find a solution for everyone.”