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A recently hired co-worker has the habit of almost constantly discussing everything no matter how important or trivial the subject is and that is no problem for me but his rather loud voice is my problem with him. My desk is located rather close to said co-worker, and the loud talking voice is wearing on me. I have tried to separate my desk to minimize the effect but to no avail.

This is not about someone who makes loud weird unrecognizable voices, it's about someone who discusses and talks in a very loud voice.

I am considering politely pointing out that the loud voice is annoying to me (and I suspect others).


marked as duplicate by Chris E, JasonJ, gnat, Draken, IDrinkandIKnowThings May 24 '17 at 16:22

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  • is your CW hearing impaired? – Retired Codger May 24 '17 at 14:36
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    @ChristopherEstep While similar, I don't think they're quite the same. The question you link is about a coworker who makes lots of unconscious "idle" noises. This question is about someone who talks loudly. I think the situations are different enough to warrant a new question. – David K May 24 '17 at 14:42
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    @DavidK There are a ridiculous number of questions on this. Searching on just "loud" reveals plenty of questions that can give suggestions for dealing with a loud coworker. I'm not linking them all. – Chris E May 24 '17 at 14:47
  • @ChristopherEstep I searched and I didn't find any, all other questions were about coworkers making weird noises but this is not the case here. – eyadMhanna May 24 '17 at 14:50
  • @ChristopherEstep I see loud and unprofessional, loud and bossy, loud meetings, and loud conversations. The last is the only one I think could be a dupe. It's marked as a dupe of yours, though I don't think it should be. – David K May 24 '17 at 15:02

You could simply go to him and politely tell him he has a strong voice which sometimes breaks your focus so you would really appreciate it if he could compensate his strong voice by speaking less loudly.


Technology may save the day. Personally I use sound-isolating headphones and FM radio or online music, as well as so many programmers (so I do not care if anybody sees it as passive aggressive). I'd say let bygones be bygones. Note Good ones cost $$$, and frugal person, like me, tends to pay twice. Yet I see it as a fair price for some comfort. The real drawback you might miss a manager sneaking behind, and seeing you complaining on work condition in social media.

I have seen people who use ear plugs, yet I never dared something so radical myselfs, so cannot comment how efficient are those

Good news there are startups working to resolve workplace noise issue: Hush Me promises to reduce noise over 50%, though not yet 100%.

If you want make a joke just say want to see something funny gadget, show the article, as a joke, yet headphones or telling straight might be safer.


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    Unless you gift this to a good friend as a joke I think this can be taken realy poorly by the coworker. – Rolexel May 24 '17 at 14:41
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    @AlexandreAudin - agreed. It would be taken as passive-aggressive, which it absolutely is. I think a non-confrontational direct approach would be less fraught with dramatic peril.... which, I now see, you suggested in your own answer. – PoloHoleSet May 24 '17 at 15:39
  • How are any of these solutions better than just telling the guy to be quieter? – ayrton clark May 24 '17 at 16:00
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    I wasted a hunderd on Senhaiser 598 Closed Back, yet they would not isolate me completely, so I upgraded to Beyerdynamics 770 32Ohm (32 means that they might work without dedicated amplifier, 16Ohm are fine fine with any phone or mp3 player), which resolved any noise issues. They even hush a bit loud construction workers and protesters outside. I have see once somebody using orange ear plugs in the office, yet I it too risky, with headphones people might think your are just slightly eccentric audiophile – S15 May 24 '17 at 17:24
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    rather than somebody frugal or passive-aggressive. – S15 Jul 27 '17 at 21:39

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