I sit next to a rather underutilized group of four colleagues who engage in long (1-2 hour) daily conversations revolving around current events, politics, etc.
That alone isn't necessarily the problem, however two of them speak very loudly. I've tried wearing noise-cancelling headphones, and listening to music, but these people are so noisy that I still hear them. I can't focus on what I'm doing when this is going.
I've been thinking a lot lately about bringing it to the attention of our manager. She is not aware that this group is underutilized to such an extent, and I feel like if I let her know, she might find some work for them to be do, thus solving my problem.
I don't think I can just go up to these people and ask them to go back to work or hold their conversations elsewhere - they'd just get offended. Not my place to tell them that.
How should I handle the situation?