What is the etiquette for phones & ringtones in an office?
February 14, 2014 10:48 AM Subscribe
I work in a co-working space with folks who all have their mobile ringers turned on with the shrill "rotary phone" ringtone turned all the way up. Please help me write an email to solve this.
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I've worked with this group for about a year. They are all very nice, mostly older than me, in their late 40s to late 50s. I'm in my 30s and have always understood that ringtones should be turned off while in a tight office space. But these folks have been here for decades and are older and maybe haven't experienced that etiquette.
Basically some days it feels like I work in a call center, even though it's a bunch of freelance print designers sitting quietly on their computers all day. Even with headphones, those old timey phone ringtones are pretty jarring and distracting.
Is it wrong to write an email to the group? I'm a little too introverted to call a group meeting or anything. If addressing it isn't rude, how should I phrase it? It's intimidating because they've been here for decades and I'm definitely the new person. Thanks!