Quieting Chatty Cathy
Question: I have a new coworker who sits right across from me in the cube farm. She has a pretty constant internal monologue that she likes to share with the office.
I’ve brought up difficulty focusing because of it in my review, so the higher ups know and are working on it, but besides telling her that I don’t give a flying %^*# about her sister’s new temp job or the “cool” thing she figured out on Snapchat…what else can I do?
Answer: Being cubed in with a Chatty Cathy is the ultimate test of patience, and yours has clearly worn thin. If only there were a Dull Donny at your office they could seat her across from - Dull Donnys are usually in awe of Chatty Cathys, ready and willing to eat up their verbal refuse with a spoon.
If your higher-ups are wise to the situation, then a relocation is probably already under consideration. But because this is your problem, not theirs, don’t expect sweet relief to come as quickly as you’d like.
To cope, put on your headphones as soon as she starts yapping. Unless she’s completely daft, she should start to get the hint. If that strikes you as too cold, then humor her by listening to her antics for a bit and then, after a few minutes go by, look at your watch and exclaim, “Whoa, I had better get to work - lots to do, you know.”
With any luck, she’ll infer that she had better shut her pie hole and get to work too.