Workmates who ask questions all day
April 11, 2008 4:39 PM Subscribe
What are some strategies to cope with direct reports that are in my immediate physical area and who pepper me with questions all day long?
posted by TheManChild2000 to work & money (7 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
I'm struggling with distractions at work and have given up on ever getting a personal space that I could use to somewhat control the physical interruptions. I'm stuck in a bullpen situation with three direct reports who are 2 feet, 4 feet, and 6 feet away. The imbalance of experience is such that these guys have to be able to use me as a resource. The problem is that the questions come at five-minute intervals all day long, and my own work (a lot of writing and strategy) is such that in order to be productive I have to be able to have long stretches of focus.
The only thing I can think of is to tell them to hold their questions until a set time every day, but that seems like kind of a crazy thing to ask. Has anyone been in a similar situation where that was the solution, and it didn't end up making the requestor look like an asshole and make everyone else feel really uncomfortable?
Oh, and wearing headphones has proven to be an almost comically useless technique. Nobody gets the hint.