My boss talks to himself. Sometimes even raises his voice. For much of the day. I'm not worried about his mental stability. Actually I wouldn't mind, except that his office door is four feet behind me... and he doesn't close it.
When he answers the phone he often closes the door. Sometimes he doesn't, I can get up and close his door and that's clearly fine with both of us because we can acknowledge he's committed a faux pas by answering the phone without closing the door.
But to close his door when he's talking to himself would be to acknowledge that I can hear it and it is bothering me, which would embarrass him and me.
First question: I could just start closing his door myself whenever he's talking to himself. That way we wouldn't have to acknowledge face to face that he's doing it, but it would become this unpleasant unsaid thing that I am doing it. And you know, maybe he has his door open because it's hot or whatever. Dunno if this would be the right approach?
Alternatively, I could talk to him about it before making it a habit to close his door. If you favour this approach, tell me what to say.
PS I have been trying to gather together the courage to do this for 2 years unsuccessfully so uh, maybe this is academic. Also, apart from this, he's really good and I love my job. And yes, I am British.