Use Your Inside Voice

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A tweet this morning from the wonderful Laura Scholz made me laugh and shudder. She said, “People, please use your indoor voices! #coworkingetiquette”

While we all learned about inside voices from our parents and teachers, I’m surprised how easy it is to forget. I am excitable and can have problems with volume control when I’m particularly amped up. It has become less of a problem as I’ve gotten older, but I admit, I can still forget.

Whether you work in a cubicle farm or are lucky enough to have separate offices, yelling or loudly talking to others can be very disrupting to those around you. Some of your co-workers might be sound sensitive or have a headache. At the very least other people yelling and talking loudly is distracting.

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4 thoughts on “Use Your Inside Voice

  1. I DON’T UNDERSTAND WHY SPEAKING AT SUCH A LOUD VOLUME IS A PROBLEM. EVERYTHING I HAVE TO SAY IS INTERESTING AND IMPORTANT.

    Seriously though, I’m a habitual offender of this particular complaint. I’m a rather loud person and the volume on my voice can go from zero to a million in the span of a few seconds. My most sincere apologies to all former, current, and future co-workers.

  2. Love how quickly you got this post written! I’m in a co-working space, and while we all talk on the phone from time to time, this guy had a conference call on speaker phone so loud you could hear it outside, AND he was shouting into the phone. I’m actually too quiet sometimes, because I’m so sensitive to loud voices and noises. I think it’s all about having respect and courtesy. And well, if the whole room is flashing you dirty looks, take the hint!

    1. Thanks, Laura!
      I agree, about taking the hint. If more than one person is glaring at your, the problem is likely you and not them. There does seem to be a lack of common courtesy in the workplace with cell phones and constant communication. I figure if all of us make little changes, it can only get better!
      Aurora

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