Colleague talks loudly on phone

Microsoft solusan
Jan 7 32 Comments

I have a teammate who has a very loud voice. He has a habit of talking so loudly that half the floor can listen to him when he starts talking. He also talks on phone all the time with his carpenter, bank, customer care of the products he use, his wife, his distant relatives.
Unfortunately, his cubicle is just besides mine and I'm not the kind of person who just goes to him and ask him to not to talk too loudly everytime. Although I'm a person who has been practicing martial arts from years and I know I can knock him down even before he'll know. But I also know that this act of mine will get me fired and get me blacklisted which I don't want.
Did it ever happen to you? What did you do?

EDIT: I do have good headphones but keeping them on all day is not possible for me

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TOP 32 Comments
  • Google / Sales eatAbutt
    Lol lookout karate master. You sound like an idiot.
    Jan 7 2
    • Microsoft solusan
      OP
      How?
      Jan 7
    • Uber xes
      exactly my thougts.. solusan you are a high quality moron and also an asshole. karate my ass.
      Jan 7
  • Twitch GSak65
    You are lucky enough to face just one. I got a few loud talkers on my floor having a big chatting party for a few hours whenever they come to office. God knows why these fucking idiots think of open office as a talk show stage. Their parents really should have taught them some manner.
    Jan 7 0
  • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
    Sack up and try asking him to keep it down first!!!
    Jan 7 0
  • Proofpoint / Eng foodtruckj
    Ask him to keep it down.
    If he continues, email your manager and skip level manager that the person talks too loudly and you can't get work done. Involve HR in the email so it is registered as an official complaint. You may choose to involve others around ypu who face the same issue.

    At some point if employee productivity comes first so take advantage of it.
    Jan 7 2
    • Oath / Mgmt Atinlay
      Talking loudly or having a voice that carries is NOT an HR violation. Asking them to keep it down, like an adult, see if that helps. Then bring it to the direct manager if it doesn’t.
      Jan 7
    • Proofpoint / Eng foodtruckj
      If it hinders employee productivity then it is an issue that needs to be dealt with.
      Jan 7
  • Salesforce Heimer
    Yet another troll
    Jan 7 2
    • Microsoft solusan
      OP
      I wish
      Jan 7
    • Salesforce Heimer
      Yeah? You really think you can go to someone at your workplace and practice your martial arts moves on him for being loud? And your worry is about getting fired and blacklisted? Ever heard of the term ‘battery’?
      Jan 7
  • Amazon / Eng :!
    Microsoft has private offices, no?
    Jan 7 1
    • eBay / Eng
      seaBay

      eBay Eng

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      seaBaymore
      Hasn't been true for a while, man. :-\
      Jan 7
  • Coupang TwOd12
    Send him an anonymous email ?
    Jan 7 0
  • Robert Half whteva
    I say knock him down.
    Jan 7 0
  • Microsoft Idiot Me
    Ask nicely the first time, directly the second time, and tell him the third. If that doesn't work then start walking up behind him when he's loud talking on the phone and start to make rude noises. When he asks why, explain that he needs to STFU or shit is going to get real. If that doesn't work then come in early one day and smear some dog shit under his desktop and maybe under the legs of his chair.
    Jan 9 4
    • SAP yomero
      Why so much violence? Wouldn't you let your boss deal with the problem better?
      Jan 9
    • Microsoft Idiot Me
      Because I'm a grown-assed man and I deal with my own problems, I don't go crying to the boss. Grow a pair. And none of the above is violent, though I admit the dog shit may be crossing a line.
      Jan 9
    • SAP yomero
      Your handle says all
      Jan 9
    • Microsoft Idiot Me
      You should change your handle to Nosacko.
      Jan 9
  • Yahoo iWbf35
    You’ve never heard of noise canceling head phones? They were essentially created for two reasons: airplanes and noisy modern offices.
    Jan 7 1
    • Microsoft solusan
      OP
      I do have a good set of noise cancelling headphones but keeping them on all day is something that I can do
      Jan 7
  • Microsoft X9pl12
    If you’re too weak to simply ask him to speak quietly then what makes you think you could handle physical confrontation?
    Jan 8 0
  • Intel UrMomma
    It happened to me once. Or actually several times from one person. It was back when we had phones. I solved it by epoxying his receiver to the base. Then told him I would continue to do it if he didn’t keep it down. Problem fixed. Stopped being a Nancy.
    Jan 7 0
  • Amazon / Eng
    I have the same problem. Dont have the nuts to tell them to shut up
    Jan 7 0
  • Microsoft / R&D
    MSPikachu

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    MSPikachumore
    Knock him down! You could save others
    Jan 11 0
  • Microsoft NTGK46
    Sounds like you don't like confrontation. It can be difficult to say something when you have to continue sitting next to him. Maybe leave a note for his manager on the issue, so he can address the situation with this employee.
    Jan 8 0
  • New DvVM00
    it happened to me once. i knocked his dumb ass out. no talky no more. i got fired so i knocked the HR person out also.

    i learned from it though. the next time (at new job) i just cranked my ghetto blaster to 7 volume and drowned out the noise of the talker. 7 was really loud on that box.
    Jan 8 0
  • New meeepy4
    Have a lot of gas before he arrives to work
    Jan 7 0
  • SAP jordy
    why you think you have a manager? Ask him to fix the problem
    Jan 7 0
  • New / Eng IcanC#
    Just ask him, then knock him out
    Jan 7 0
  • New ktFx33
    Headphones
    Jan 7 0

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