Just want some peace and quiet.
May 11, 2010 5:34 PM Subscribe
How do I tell my bosses that my coworkers are making it impossible to do my work because they are essentially goofing off 50% of the time without getting my coworkers in trouble?
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (16 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I share an office with three other people and by office I mean share four walls with three other people. The three other people are all in sales and not supposed to be in the office for any period of time, except very occasionally to do paperwork. We are in an office several states away from everyone else at our company, so we have very little contact and virtually no day to day oversight from our bosses.
I am not a salesperson and my job requires near complete silence and I frequently need to make calls that deal with personal and private information as part of my job. I work for a completely different department and only share an office with them by virtue of our location. Most of the sales people in our company don't even have an office and work from home, the only reason these three have an office is because they piggybacked on the office that was supposed to be set up only for me.
While my coworkers are supposed to be spending every waking moment outside of the office meeting clients, etc, they actually spend at least 50% of their time in the office. They often go weeks without leaving the office. While in the office they are constantly talking loudly on the phone, their cell phone ring constantly with loud pop/hiphop/movie trailer/younameit ringtones. Speakerphone is used liberally and often. They talk non stop and simply cannot comprehend why anyone would need silence to work. They seriously cannot understand it at all.
When I first started working here I wrote what I thought was a very carefully worded email to my boss about how we had incompatible work and really could not share an office successfully (they talk for a living and I need silence). Unfortunately this resulted in my coworkers being called up by their "big" boss and screamed at. That made things very uncomfortable in the office for awhile until I was able to smooth things out by showing them the email and explaining that it was misinterpreted by the people upstairs.
After that things got slightly better for a little while and then everyone went back to how it was. I do not think my coworkers are capable of changing. The only solution is for me to get my own office, which would require my company either paying for two offices or completely kicking them out of this office. Since they having meetings with clients at this office, at this point, I think two offices would be the only way.
Today was the last straw. I had a very important call that was only going to last about 15 minutes. It was early in the morning before they even usually get here, but I asked them yesterday if I could have the office to myself and completely quiet for this call. They said of course. This is literally the second time I have ever made a request for complete silence and to have the office to myself.
What happened? Well there was the furniture moving 10 minutes before the call that didn't stop until about a minute before I got the call. Then 5 minutes into the call they just come waltzing in. I quickly put the phone on minute and told them I needed them out of the office NOW and they left.
I am livid and cannot believe they would not even give me 15 minutes of consideration for a very important phone call. I just cannot take it anymore.
I am friends with my coworkers and I like them as people. I do not want to see them get fired or damage their careers by exposing them, but this is seriously impacting my ability to do my job. I do have to work with these people everyday and basically ratting them out to management could destroy my reputation at the company. I have to work with many salespeople who are all across the country in similar positions. Having a reputation for ratting people out to our managers could have very serious affects on not only my happiness at my job, but my career.
Is there any political way to go about telling my bosses I desperately need my own office without at the same time disparaging my coworkers? I do not want to see them get fired or get in trouble I just really want a quiet place to work.