I have a co-worker (from another team and group but at least in the same department) who coughs. What's the problem with that? Well, he coughs every 2 minutes a freakin' single time! It's not the "cough, cough, cough ..." thing but a single "cough". However, that alone wouldn't be a big deal of course, but he is doing that for four weeks straight and it's driving me insane. Instead of concentrating on work, your mind just listens for the next single-time cough.
The problem is, I really don't want to go to him and say "Can you please stop cough?!" I mean, it's not something under his control, isn't it? How can I handle this?
- I try to listen to music as often as possible but I can't do this all the time (music annoys/distracts me sometimes while working)
- I really like him as a person and we have a good relationship
- We are in a open-plan office
- I've talked to a team mate and he's also annoyed but not as much as I am (he says he's able to ignore it)