Is there a polite way to ask/tell CW Sally to please stop listening to my conversations?
Okay, she'll probably never stop listening, but can I ask her to stop commenting?
This is starting to grate on my nerves. I'll have a phone call with the Editor and when I hang up she says "How is Editor doing? What was that about?" or a conversation with my boss about one of my projects and she'll chime in and say "Maybe you should do this." or a conversation with a customer where we are quietly discussing a project and a funny remark is made, she'll start laughing and say "That is too funny." She's even made comments while I'm on the phone
with one or the other of my DDs! (rare occurrence, I keep personal chats to the bare minimum.) The list goes on and on.
No, I don't talk loudly. In fact, I've brought my talking down several levels to the point where I might have to repeat myself while on the phone. Just today, she even made a comment while I was muttering to myself under my breath, a bare whisper.
I've come to realize that there is no such thing as a private conversation in my cube. We sit maybe 12 feet apart and there is a cube wall between us.
I hear her conversations as well, but tend to tune them out and not listen
because I think there should be modicum of privacy, this is the polite thing to do, right? I would never join in on her personal phone chats nor comment while she's with a customer!
Is there a polite way to say "I know you can hear me, but I would appreciate it if you didn't join in on my conversations unless you are asked to participate?"
Or am I getting worked up over something that can't be rectified? Something that I just need to learn to deal with?