How to Handle a Loud Colleague

Let’s face it, at one time or another you probably had a very loud next door neighbor in a cubicle who only knows how to speak with one volume level.

Well, it’s one thing to tolerate on a short bus ride or cafe, it’s quite another when you’re trying to concentrate at work and have to listen to the loud colleague day after day. According to Gregory Giangrande, chief HR officer at Time, Inc., it may be time to have a talk with your neighbor.

He wrote in The New York Post column, “Issues like this are best addressed directly, discreetly and professionally. Talk to your cube-mate; it is unlikely she hasn’t been told that she is loud before. You’ll likely see modest improvement and earnest attempts to keep it down — at least at the start.”

Keep your expectations in check though. A loud colleague won’t change his or her ways immediately and improvement may not even occur.

Giangrande added, “If all else fails you can just up the amps on your end during her quiet moments . . . just for sport!”