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Author Topic: S/O Getting people to stop an upsetting conversation near you  (Read 2561 times)

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Syfygeek

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At the moment, there are 5 people in front of my desk loudly discussing politics. 1 VP, 2 directors, a dealer and an editor.

And I'm trying to work...
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cicero

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Re: S/O Getting people to stop an upsetting conversation near you
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2012, 02:26:58 PM »
well, like the advice given on the other thread:

Excuse me, would you mind taking this [elsewhere? to the break room? hallway?]? I have to [get on a call/crunch some numbers/hold a meeting] in a minute. Great! thanks!

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Syfygeek

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Re: S/O Getting people to stop an upsetting conversation near you
« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2012, 08:21:16 AM »
I'm not in a cube, I'm in the main office/reception area.

Luckily (unluckily) I have a desk with a raised counter on the front, and if anything is on the counter, it's hard to see me unless you're directly in front of my desk.

At one point, the VP called a director names, and tried to enlist the dealer in badmouthing her and her political choices.

When a visitor off the street came in and my VP didn't interrupt his diatribe, I could have crawled under my desk. It would have been a "spirited debate", if it had been in the break room, not the first point of contact.
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Re: S/O Getting people to stop an upsetting conversation near you
« Reply #3 on: October 18, 2012, 09:29:15 PM »
I vote to see suggestions in the other thread.  Most of those would work.

I'm surprised to hear that they aren't being slammed for talking politics on company time.  Noplace I ever worked allowed that.