My office shares a common wall with a small conference room.
Until recently, this wasn't a big problem, as the conference room was used only sparingly and often by me. But lately, we've had a flurry of hiring activity that left us with lots more people, and contractors permanently occupying one of our other conference rooms. And so there are many more meetings next door, and unfortunately, many which involve conference calls - some of which are very loud.
The worst part of it is that when these offices were constructed, they apparently neglected to insulate the walls between the offices, so I can hear pretty much everything that is said in a loud voice.
I've spoken with the people in charge of office maintenance, asking that they put up some sort of sound insulation, but they indicate that "there's nothing we can do". Translated, that means that they don't consider it worth spending money to fix the problem. Oh well.
Although I try not to listen, I've already overheard a few embarrassing phone calls. And the conference calls with customers can be particularly annoying.
So I printed the picture above and posted it on the conference room wall. Perhaps that will help.
This article originally appeared in my blog: All Things Quality
|My name is Joe Strazzere and I'm currently a Director of Quality Assurance. |
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