Today’s Dear CV comes to us from the Twitterverse…
Saw Dear CV feature on CubicleViews blog. Any advice on getting CWs to use inside voices – when INSIDE the cubescape?
Loud people in confined spaces piss me off. Heck people in general often piss me off. But, let’s see how we can help solve this specific problem.
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I’ve actually thought about this a lot. We have a ton of people who are loud talkers in my world, but Cubicle George is the worst offender. And, my pondering how to deal with it has led me to 2 options. First:
Although this would be satisfying, especially if you cram a rag into his mouth first, you just may end up with legal action. So, while legally I can not, do not, will not endorse this behavior. But, should you proceed…take pics.
So, that brings the other option which would be diplomacy. Example: Hey Blow Hard George, you know I was at the other end of the building and I could still hear you? Your voice carries something fierce. In fact, Sally Secretary was blasting you saying how distracting it is. You know she’s the big man’s secretary so you best tone it down or get a conference room. Really George, you don’t want to piss her off.
See what I did there? It’s called bring attention to the issue and deflect it to someone who is super scary and has power. Thus, I’m not the bad guy and George will be chicken shit to cross Sally. Damn I’m good.
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