I’m a second year at a big firm in NY, and here’s my problem: The guy in the office next to me (who’s a fifth year and really well -regarded) talks really, really loudly. It’s like he has an audio disorder or something. Every word out of his mouth is just so LOUD. Plus, he’s always on the stupid speakerphone! He’s driving me insane. I can’t really focus on my own work because I’m too busy focusing on how annoying he is.
Politely, calmly ask him to talk a little softer. Point out that the walls are paper-thin. If that doesn’t work and he keeps yelling into the speakerphone like an ass clown, change offices. If that doesn’t work, quit—or try to get him fired. Since talking loudly isn’t grounds for termination, you might need to get creative. Plant some coke in his office… Or maybe a dead hooker.
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