May 1, 2014 8:52 AM Subscribe
How do you deal with increasing anxiety and distraction at work caused by someone behind you who can see your monitor and generally watch you work all day? I am not goofing off, but I do use my computer heavily and variously and feel as though they are often watching me. They have never commented on what's on my screen, but other people stopping by their desk have. It has me to where I concentrate my windows so my body blocks line of sight, and I am endlessly distracted by it.
posted by anonymous to Work & Money (17 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I find it moderately easy to talk to this person away from our desks but not when I have to spin my chair to look at them. They find it easy to talk to me since they are already looking at the back of my head. There is no other seat available and the positions of the workstations are fixed. I have occasionally retreated to a conference room and immediately felt relief, but they're not always available and I do interact with my coworkers in the room for work.
I sometimes fantasize about our employer suddenly deciding everyone should have their own office or giving us desks that roll around so I can turn it. Since that is unlikely, I hope to at least learn how people who have experienced this have dealt with it.
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