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You are surrounded by sound when you sit at your desk but what noises really get your goat? Are there certain sounds you can happily live with and some that make you feel like throwing your monitor through a window? We’ve drawn up a list of nuisance noises within the workplace, see if any of these send a shiver down your spine.

 

Munching – Yep, co-workers chomping on crisps, celery, apples and any noisy food they can lay their hands on heads our list of annoying office sounds. Some people manage to eat noisily even when they are tucking into a tuna sub, they seem to have mastered the art. It’s worse if you sit at a desk and the person in the next cubicle likes to ‘snack’ throughout the day. You have to put up with the constant ‘rustling’ of biscuit packets and the ‘popping’ of Pringles and feel like stapling their mouth shut.     

 

Loud laughing – Do you have a colleague with a really annoying laugh? Think Janice from Friends or Sybil from Faulty Towers and you’ll know what we mean. There’s always one. Their laugh seems to pierce through walls, it filters through doors and you pray to god this person doesn’t hear anything funny during the day.

 

Sniffing - Got a constant sniffer in the office? Bet you have, it’s the person that seems to always have a cold. It’s annoying but it’s not really their fault, buy them a bumper box of tissues and turn the air con down a notch, it could be the dry atmosphere that’s causing the sniffles.

 

Coughing – Moving swiftly on from sneezing we have coughing in our list of annoying noises. The office ‘cougher’ can’t seem to help themselves. They start off gently with a few mild coughs, this builds gradually into a crescendo of splutters and before you know it they are thrashing about wildly looking like they are going to fall off their chair. Yes it’s annoying but you really should help. Give them a pat on the back and get them a drink of water, then you can take the plugs out of your ears.  

 

Speakerphones – Why do people use these features in the office? You don’t want to hear their conversation you just want to get on with your work. The next time somebody puts their phone on loudspeaker walk over, unplug the phone and throw it as far as you can. Or make a coffee instead. You’ll have calmed down by the time you return with your brew and be in better control of your actions.

 

Research

  • 70% of workers say they would be more productive in a less noisy environment
  • 72% of workers are dissatisfied with their speech privacy
  • 64% of workers are interrupted more than 20 times per day

 

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