We use cookies to provide some features and experiences in QOSHE

More information  .  Close
Aa Aa Aa
- A +

My new colleague is lovely – but I wish they would pipe down

4 0 0
17.10.2019

QUESTION:

What can I do about my noisy colleague?

I work in a job where silence is golden. Or, at least, a bit of quiet throughout the most demanding part of the day helps a lot.

Recently a new colleague joined our team. They seem lovely. They share very similar interests to me and, for what it’s worth, my sense of style.

But – and it’s a huge but – they talk out loud to themselves while working. What do I do about this gross breach of workplace etiquette?

ANSWER:

This is tricky because the straightforward, albeit indelicate, solution – telling this talker to pipe down – isn’t available to you.

You’ve made it clear that the only thing you don’t like about your new co-worker so far is their idiosyncratic work-style but, as disruptive as that may be, it doesn’t outweigh the fact........

© The Age