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Coworker just went on a loud sexist rant right next to me

This was on the phone, I don't know who it was with. Might have been a personal call. It wasn't hostile or ragey, just general old man crap about how "women always tear each other down" and ...
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How to ask for workplace (internship) accommodations due to autism?

I recently started with a graduation internship. Which I am quite happy about. (Finally completing my studies after a couple of failed employments, also due to the side effects of autism) When I ...
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Colleague brought a loud mechanical keyboard

I work in a shared office space in a university. This woman sits behind me and types very aggressively on a very loud mechanical keyboard. She brought this in recently to replace the silent office ...
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Working alongside a partner who makes noises with their mouth

Due to an accident that I suffered recently, I have problems in my jaw, I am generating much more saliva than usual, and therefore I cannot help making some constant minor noises and swallowing saliva....
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Dealing with a noisy coworker in a small office?

Recently my team was moved to a tiny office, about 3x3 meters. There were 3 of us, but now an ex employee has been hired again. He was annoying before he resigned, and he is still annoying today. I ...
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How do I get work done in an open office environment? [duplicate]

I work in an office with an open floor plan and I am distracted by noise around me. I am much less productive and less comfortable when people talk around me. I'll outline the problem and then what ...
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Headphones at max volume, but coworkers' casual conversation for 4-5 hours a day is still audible [duplicate]

Situation I started a new job 3 months ago. My team (of 6; I'm not a manager) sits on the leftmost side of the office in a block of cubicles. I'm the rightmost in my block and the only one on my team ...
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Open office space - complaints for noise - how to respond

I work in a big corporate office and a slightly more senior colleague of mine under a different reporting line, with maybe ~25 years in the industry, Alice, has twice complained to me about how loud I ...
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How to deal with coworker constantly sucking snot in the workplace [duplicate]

A coworker of mine has been under the weather for a few weeks now and has developed the habit of loudly sucking his nose every minute or so. It has caused everyone sitting within 20 feet of him to ...
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What to do about an intern constantly disturbing work-flow and bothering?

We are small company of 6-8 people, all sitting in one 30 square meter office. A new 19-year-old intern, who works as a programmer, will stay for 6 months. The problem I have with him is that he ...
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Office manager repeatedly produces loud distracting noises (tics), what to do?

Working in a small co-work space, the current office manager constantly and repeatedly (every 10 seconds approximately) produces loud noises (mostly tics) when not engaging in a conversation. A few ...
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Hypersensitive Hearing and Whispering

I suffer from Hypersensitive hearing to low decibel sounds. I can clearly hear a phone ring inside whilst outside etc. I don't care about the noise level itself and can easily block out normal to high ...
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Desk side meeting [duplicate]

I have a desk next to a co-worker who has dial-in meetings all day. Often she stands up and walks around, and at times, gets very loud when getting involved in the meeting. I work in developing ...
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My seating arrangement is not convenient. What to do?

The place where I sit in my office results inconvenient for me because: Everyone can see my computer screen and very often they will stop by and stare at my screen what distracts me. Sometimes they ...
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How to politely ask colleagues to be quiet [duplicate]

Unfortunately our office is small and open-plan. We have around 20 employees squeezed in and for the most part everyone just gets on and does their job. However, one department has a group who ...
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How to deal with noisy and arrogant co-worker with the attitude? [duplicate]

There are lot of question related to noisy co-worker but this one (in my opinion) differ in the fact that the co-worker I'm dealing with is displaying an attitude. I told him that he is loud and ...
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How to silence a noisy typer

I work in an office that's by and large very quiet and relaxed... until recently. A new member moved onto our team and oh sweet jesus does he make a noise... typing. He literally smashes the return ...
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Managing office temperatures in shared office

We've recently moved to a new location in the outer suburbs, and in new shared offices. In our previous location, we had no ability to open windows, or control heating and cooling. In our new offices,...
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How do I explain that the open office is impacting my productivity? [closed]

I work for a small company of ~150 people that moved to a partial open office plan about six months ago. I agreed to this under the caveat that it was only a test and I could move back if needed, but ...
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Fire alarm will be tested during Skype interview. Should I ask to reschedule?

How should one react if something happens requiring "pausing" a telephone job interview (e.g. fire alarm, someone knocking on the door) and knowing it will happen beforehand? Ask to reschedule; Tell ...
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How to prevent colleagues from knocking on my table when walking by

I have had this issue for years, in several companies and with many people. So my table is at the end of a row and all people who walk behind me and then turn (following the table corner) almost ...
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How to move away from my coworker without offending him

I just got a new colleague. He is from another country, where it's customary to do things that we don't do in an office, and it's just too much for me. He keeps his phone on full ringer volume, takes ...
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How to report to manager an issue with extremely noisy coworkers [duplicate]

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 ...
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How to approach a co-worker about his disruptive behaviour? [duplicate]

I'm sitting in front of a co-worker that makes weird noises, slurps very loudly from his water bottle (and always finalise with an irritating AHHHHHH!, at least twice every 30 mins or so), mumbles non-...
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How do I tell my boss that the noise he makes distracts me? [duplicate]

I am working in web development. I've recently started a new job at a small firm of 4 people. I'm the most senior person in terms of age and experience, and report to the CEO, who is younger than me. ...
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Is it okay to whistle while at the office? [closed]

I enjoy whistling from time to time, and like to think that I'm pretty good at it; i.e., it's not displeasing to listen to, unless you just don't like whistling. And, if need be, I can whistle at a ...
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How can I politely ask my colleague to mute their PC? [duplicate]

I work in an open-plan office environment with approximately 100 other people. It's sort of an unspoken rule (and common courtesy), to wear headphones if you need to listen to anything on your PC, as ...
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Boss plays loud music affecting my concentration. How do I take this up with him? [duplicate]

I am a software developer, and recently joined a new company. Five of us, including my boss, work in a small office. My boss plays music very loudly while he works — the kind you hear in nightclubs —...
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How can I deal with having an open-door policy when I'm extremely sensitive to noise?

I work for a German software development company as a consultant. I'm happy and everything seems to be going well except for the fact that the company has an "open-door policy". This means we have to ...
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