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Speaker phones are an evil scourge

By Montgomery Gator ·
I work in a cubicle farm with 8 other developers. We are surrounded by other IT groups, such as the network group and the server farm group. For some unknown reason, the other groups seem to be very fond of using the speaker phones, but we see no need to use them. I have mentioned this concern to my boss, and he agrees, there is no need for these people to use the speaker phones and disturb the rest of the department. He has spoken to the other supervisors, but to no avail, other than a (very) short term reduction in this annoying activity. Any suggestions? Also, can someone explain the reason why people would use speaker phones? Is it because they are oblivions? Is it because they are sociopaths? Maybe they enjoy annoying people? Are they too lazy to pick up and hold the receiver? Do they think they do not look good if they use a headset? Or are they self-important? Other than this sick behaviour, I otherwise get along quite well with these other people, and have a good working relationship. I have not talked to them directly about this, since my supervisor prefers for me to go through channels and talk to him about it instead of going to them directly.

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Self importance

by Oz_Media In reply to Speaker phones are an evi ...

Believe me, working for telephone companies that are full of sales reps doing paperwork you sure got a lot of this.

Even with my office door closed I could clearly hear the guy next door, pickup (LOUD dial tone), BEEP BEEP BEEP BEEP and then the dreaded ringing. The worst part is when they feel it is a speakerphone they must TALK LOUDER. We sold $900.00 desktop telephones, I don't think you NEED TO YELL, DAMMIT!!! Pull the string tighter, find a new soup can or something.

So yes,that was just one of the many noticable silences when I moved, ahhhhhhh.

I wasn't half as kind as you are about it though. I started at the user level with my verbal abuse. Followed by simply turning up my music (I had 5.1 surround in my office with Altec Lansings). Black Sabbath will drown out any conversation just fine.

When they still used speakerphone, as my neighbour/manager always liked to, then I would just walk into their office, turn down the volume while they were talking and slam their door on the way out....THEN go and turn up Black Sabbath.

Once I realized they actually didn't mind War Pigs, I started playing Hindi and Pakistani music instead, which you could clearly hear back in the warehouse.LOL

but it would be discriminatory to say I could listen to Black Sabbath but not Hindi music wouldn't it? (Actually nobody cared about that, if they didn't like it they knew they could just yell STFU down the hall anyway).

I can get very irritable when trying to draw graphics or write a site.

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Hey now dickhead I resemble that remark

by JamesRL In reply to Self importance

I freely admit to using the speakerphone in my office. If you spend 5 or 6 hours a day on the phone(I have collegues across the country) your ears can get kinda sore. As well, I multi-task, typing at the same time, which is tricky when you are juggling the phone. I could use a headset but don't have one, and there are times when I use my office for phone conferences with multiple people on the phone and in the office.

But I have my own office and am well away from the cube farm. When my collegue next door down thinks I am too loud he comes over and pulls my door shut.

But I do agree that speakerphones have no place being used in open cubical farms - that was the rule in many places I've worked. If you need hands free in a cubicle, get a headset.

I'm not self important at all. I resisted getting a cell phone as long as possible. I refuse a blackberry - I don't need to be more accessable.


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Well, I'm self important

by jdclyde In reply to Hey now dickhead I resemb ...

but I still only user speaker phone when I have a group with me that need to hear what we are doing.

Besides that, it is headphones all the way.

No, I will not sit there and hold a phone to my head for more than about 30 seconds. I will answer with the handset (when I don't let it go to voicemail) and switch over the headset if I will be on for a few minutes.

If someone was doing this to make a lot of noise around me, I think I would have to dig out an old dot matrix printer and run a long report or sharpen ALL my pencils with the electric sharpener. (this is the ONLY thing I use pencils for, making noise)

But then again, I am in the "cursed office". The last 5 people that had my office are all gone and only one is left to start a family. The rest were asked to go start a family or something.

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Cursed office!

by Oz_Media In reply to Well, I'm self important

THat's funny I worked in one too.

I fought and fought when I was promoted because I didn't want THAT office.

Everyone before me was there for 6 months MAx before being fored and they ALL went bald.

The guy before me was 35 and although thinning, he was a regular Friar Tuck by the time he left.

I quit, soon after moving in to THAT office too.

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They try to say

by jdclyde In reply to Cursed office!

that it is all in my head, but I know better.

Note: I have the friar tuck going on, just without the belly.

I got out of it for a while when we expanded, but then I got bumped when they centralized management here and it was the cursed office or the cold office by the front door. At least I am hid in the back of the building so I get left alone to get work done. Bet that is how I made it so long, they forgot I was here or I just never got the memo that I was fired.

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I didn't have it so kind

by Oz_Media In reply to They try to say

Even the branch manager and president said "OOOOOOH that's the CURSED office!!!! You ar egonna get fired and lose all your hair!"

We have pretty casual rlationships with management here, most end up as drinking buddies.

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I didn't have it so kind

by Oz_Media In reply to They try to say

Even the branch manager and president said "OOOOOOH that's the CURSED office!!!! You ar egonna get fired and lose all your hair!"

We have pretty casual relationships with management here, most end up as drinking buddies.

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We had an office just like that as well

by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Cursed office!

But instead of going bald everyone who got punishment and placed in that office got cancer and eventually died. It started out being a very sought after office corner with windows on 2 sides and all that but after a few people in a row and over a very short time where diagnosed with terminal cancer no one wanted the office again.

Funny thing that 4 people get told within a 6 month period that they are about to die and no one wants their office again. I got it and escaped unscathed or so I thought but a few years latter the quack went mad because I insisted that he remove a mole which he didn't see the need to and then he panicked when he got the results back. But I've been told that the next 6 people who took the office all got cancer and died now they use it as a storage area as they can not get anyone to go near it for love or money.

I was only in it part time for 2 weeks and 25 moles latter I'm told that I should be alright but then again when ever that particular quack wants something he calls me in for an examination and then precedes to tell me his tale of woe while holding a scalpel over me and saying something about his hand shaking because of all the worry that his computers are giving him.

It is a good way to get some one to do what you want as I have a severe aversion to sharp instruments being near me particularly when I'm asked to look to make sure that his hand is not shaking too much.

But on the other side of the coin he is the local Ballistics "Expert" so every time someone here is shot the Police come out and get him to do their dirty work. At a party one night the Cops showed up for him and I insisted that they not bring him back as he was a major drug dealer as he grows grass on his property that he intends to retire to an 80 Acre Block about 5 hours drive away. When the Cop refused to believe me that he actually did this I asked just where he thought that this guy was getting his money from.

Of course the next time I saw him he had a look at my neck and then said you had better come in so I can have a better look at that, when I arrived there he instructed his nurse to take a blood sample from my left ear lobe and told her to put the rope around my neck so there would be more blood available.

Col ]:)

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Hey, I got the uncensored version

by Montgomery Gator In reply to Hey now dickhead I resemb ...

Don't worry, I'm not offended by what was under the ********* censored by TR, titles e-mailed uncensored because I am subscribed. (******** was a nickname for Richard followed by Head). It looks like you resemble the title of your post :-)

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Of course Oz

by JamesRL In reply to Hey, I got the uncensored ...

I meant it in the most endearing way.....


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