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Quieting a loudmouth without rancor

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A month ago, Wes was hired to join your six-person department. All of you are peers with the same job title and boss. Wes is doing a good job. But he’s loud. The nature of your work requires operating in close quarters with him—and his grating voice drives you crazy.

You’re finding that his presence is a constant distraction. You’ve even tried pressing your hands to your ears to improve your concentration when he’s nearby (which is almost all the time).

You get along fine with the other co-workers in your department. But you’re alarmed to see that they have taken an instant liking to Wes. They seem to enjoy his company and laugh uproariously at his jokes.

Your frustration is building. With Wes around, everyone becomes louder. He seems to bring out the worst in your colleagues; they hoot and holler with abandon like never before.

You don’t want a reputation as a sourpuss who refuses to join the fun. But by keeping mum, you ...(register to read more)

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