Stroll through your workplace and listen. What do you hear? If employees are yelling across the room or laughing up a storm, you’ve probably got a productivity problem on your hands.
Establishing peace and quiet takes some delicacy. Here’s how to cut the noise level without making staff feel like you’re micromanaging them:
Ask for situational silence. When you have important work to do, tell staff that you’re about to tackle something important, and a background din may disrupt your work. By tying your request to a specific situation, they may realize how often they get too loud.
Assign more work. Say to a loudmouth, “It appears you’ve got some time on your hands. Can you tackle this project for me?”
Pay more attention to the silent types. Some people are noisy because they want to shine the spotlight on themselves. Solution: Go out of your way to initiate contact with the quietest members of the team and spend time with them. This sends a message that you prefer to be in the company of those who keep their voices down.