The Quiet Man and Knocky Guy at My Office
July 8, 2014 6:17 AM Subscribe
Short version: new coworker stands in my doorway not saying a word while I am at my computer until I notice him and another coworker bangs on doorway while barging in. Can I do anything about these two?
posted by bellastarr to Human Relations (25 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
A new coworker, different department than me, regularly comes to my office and stands in the doorway. With the way my monitor and computer is set up, looking away so the doorway is at my 7 oclock, he may stand there for a second or it may be a minute or two before I notice him - actually I usually have no idea how long he's there until I get that tingly sense something is not right. It's feels creepy and rude to me. If he's waiting for me to finish what I'm doing and not interrupt, how would he ever know when I'm finished (I have to spend a lot of time looking at the screen). Why not say "Hey, if you're not busy I have a question.", knock, or cough or do something? Do I need to tell him to knock it off or rearrange my office furniture?...
Another coworker does the opposite. He raps the door loudly without saying hello while walking in and rummaging through shelves or drawers getting a tool or CD. He does this throughout the day and I know he's just checking to see what I am doing. It's (perhaps) more aggravating than Quiet Guy but for some reason I am so used to it now I tend to ignore him, but it still gets to me. He doesn't walk into other coworkers offices this way. He will occasionally walk by the office without stopping in so I know he's checking on me (I'm at the dead-end of a hallway - there is nowhere else to go).
I of course have a door I can close but it's a heavy, solid wood door, that's very noisy when it's closed, and 99% of the staff here don't shut their doors, so I don't really want to go that route. The rest of the staff, even my boss, knock and wait outside (or some variation), until I greet them. These two though...they are something else.
I know that no office environment is perfect but this stuff gets old and is distracting for me when I'm trying to focus on my job. Any suggestions!? (I have no idea what category to put this question in)...