Every office has an office loudspeaker. There is at least one, if not many. By “loudspeaker” I mean by the virtue of their loud voice/muscular throat or attitude they keep on speaking loudly on the phone from time to time. No, no, why should they bother that you are being disturbed, after all they are doing their job and you are idling your time coming to office every day. You should mind your own Business and let them not mind their tongue.
I think, speaking clearly on the phone so that you are audible is definitely understood but shouting at the top of your voice to attract attention is totally uncool. I mean others are working too and you as a coworker need to respect others “Right to Work”. I agree you are not our Constitution to respect that but don’t you have any mercy?
I personally have a lot to thank these Loudspeakers. As a student of TISS HRM & LR (To those perplexed by the acronym: Tata Institute of Social Sciences Master’s in Human Resource Management & Labor Relations), I got the opportunity to Intern in 5 Organizations. I am currently Interning in my Fifth Fieldwork Organization so I do believe I have some authority to talk on the topic. By their “virtue” I often get accidentally entertained. I get to know what is happening in their Personal /Professional lives even if I do not know their name. Because out of the five offices that I Interned in; “Loudspeakers” were present in three. The reason why these people are nonchalant to the nuisance caused to other people can be many. But some which I can think of are summarized as below:
1. Their Vocal Chords are Muscular
In this case I have nothing to complain against. In fact I offer my sympathy to you because I know I might not be the first person to point it out and hey, who likes being mocked for something one doesn’t have any control over?
2. They are genuinely dedicated
Yes, and that shows. Or hears should I say?
3. They want to showoff
(Hearing) Seeing is believing right? So I might show all those concerned before they announce my mid-year performance appraisal.
4. They just don’t care
5 Blame it on the office setup
In the era of space crunching and time crunching, people have no space to waste. And that leads us to one of the two things:
· Stare uncomfortably at the person sitting in front of the desk (Or pretend you are engrossed in work despite being distracted by those eyes and that Dimple) and/or
· Listen to what they were doing on the weekend being narrated to their friend.
6 Attention seeking behavior
I really want to see that sweet lady sitting in the corner cubicle to be impressed by my impeccable knowledge in Marketing which comes directly from one of windows that I hide behind my so called Excel sheet. So what do I do? Yes, Loudspeaker off course! When she seems unimpressed by my intelligence, I assume that she is the extrovert type. So I shift my gears to the wild night I had in the Andaman’s and the Scuba Diving in Pattaya. The only outcome is that she shifts her desk.
Love them or hate them, you just can’t ignore them.
About the Author
Anuya Thorat is a Dentist by Training and a HR professional by sheer luck. She enjoys singing while cooking. And yes she does cook up a lot of things. Everything except Tarot.