Monday, June 1, 2009

So... There's This Guy...


... who works in my office who sometimes drives me crazy - and not in a good way. His desk is in the main office with mine and Linda's. Often either Linda or I will have music playing through our computers and, despite that, he'll start music playing on his computer. In what land is it okay to have two different things of music going on in the same room? Especially in an office? It's so annoying and grating and... annoying...

We had a previous employee who did the same thing and one day I said, "It drives me crazy!" He stopped. Right then. It was never a problem again. He even gave me an official apology, which I thought was pretty hilarious. When I said something like that to the current guy, he said, "Well, I can't hear yours, so it doesn't bother me." And it's continued. ... For months... and months...

I'm starting to come up with ways to handle it, but then I realized they were all passive-aggressive. I thought about:

- turning his speakers off and seeing if he'd notice
- throwing a soft stress-ball at his head
and today I came up with:
- unplugging his speakers and hiding them

I'm not really going to do any of those things, but sometimes I really want to. I just hate confrontation... hate it. I'm also having an extremely difficult time comprehending how doing that is okay.

Because it's not.

Right?

Whenever it happens I turn my music off and I just get angry.

2 comments:

faith said...

probably best to not go the passive aggressive route. that is very lame, though. i'm sorry you have to deal with that.

Kara said...

BUSTED!! Actually if you think about it this way, you are doing him a favor when you let him know that it's rude to play your music over someone elses. He honestly may not hear yours, and that's why he turns on his. Offer to turn yours up. Or explain that it makes it really hard to concentrate with two different musics (that's a real word Faith, I just coined it for such occasions; ) playing. As trite as it sounds you could have days/times/whatever that one or the other of you is in charge of the music. He may even introduce you to some songs you enjoy. Just think of this as practice...