Office Politics: Dealing With Problem Co-workers

We seem to have rules for just about everything these days—except for civility in the workplace. Most employers think it comes down to common decency. However, since you can’t count on that, here are some tips.
The Noisemaker
Loud, disruptive office mates not only make life unpleasant, but they can also affect your productivity. Unfortunately, some offices are noisier than others, so ask yourself if you’re being overly sensitive. If yes, invest in a good pair of noise-canceling earbuds. If the answer is no, politely and nonjudgmentally discuss the matter with them. If you’re feeling hesitant, give an excuse such as an important phone call coming up. If that doesn’t work, go to your supervisor and ask if you can move to a quieter area.

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