AIBU to get furious with colleague doing stretches on office floor?

(55 Posts)
Doingmybestmum Fri 29-Apr-16 11:36:12

I am v lucky I work in a job I love with people I like a lot. However I (F) share an office with a man, nice and respectful, who thinks it ok to stretch out on the floor doing yoga type exercises and making loud orgasmy type noises every lunchtime. He is nice and there is no sense in which I feel intimidated but I do think it v inappropriate, particularly as he faces me when he does it. I have suggested that he might be more comfortable doing his exercises elsewhere. He stopped for a bit but has started again. Arggh

wannabehippyandcrazycatlover Fri 29-Apr-16 11:38:26

Granted, it is weird but I think YABU to be furious and a bit of a drama queen.

I would advise him that it is making you uncomfortable and that you would prefer he goes elsewhere.

araiba Fri 29-Apr-16 11:39:02

whats inappropriate about it?

maybe he has some physical condition that requires him to do this sort of regular exercise and stretching. Many places of employment recommend doing stretching exercises at work if you are normally sat at adesk all day etc

ElspethFlashman Fri 29-Apr-16 11:40:23

Make a joke about the noises. Every time he does one, mimic it in hilarious fashion: "NNNUUURRRRRGGGHHHH!"

He'll get self conscious and stop. Guaranteed.

squoosh Fri 29-Apr-16 11:40:59

My colleague goes for a run at lunchtime and does all his warm up lunges in front of me. It doesn't make me furious but I do have to stifle a giggle sometimes at some of the positions he gets himself into. Especially the time he passed a little bit of wind.

Earlgreywithmilk Fri 29-Apr-16 11:41:44

That's hilarious! I'd probably find it a bit annoying but funny - it must break up the tedium of working in an office
Maybe you should join him and chill out maaaaann!!

araiba Fri 29-Apr-16 11:41:49

*Make a joke about the noises. Every time he does one, mimic it in hilarious fashion: "NNNUUURRRRRGGGHHHH!"

He'll get self conscious and stop. Guaranteed.*

and you will face disciplinary action for being a twat

ElspethFlashman Fri 29-Apr-16 11:42:07

By the way, stretching wouldn't bother me. Orgasm noises would though. Especially if you're actually trying to work through lunch at your desk. So if he kept the noises down I'd let him stretch away.

squoosh Fri 29-Apr-16 11:42:53

It is a bit attention seeking for him to do his yoga in the middle of the office though.

CamperWidow Fri 29-Apr-16 11:43:50

Join in?!

EveryoneElsie Fri 29-Apr-16 11:44:45

YANBU. Fake orgasm noises are not ok in the freaking office.

WorraLiberty Fri 29-Apr-16 11:44:52

I thought you were going to say the yoga made him fart a lot grin

It's a bit odd and attention seeking, but I couldn't get 'furious' about it.

ThinkPinkStink Fri 29-Apr-16 11:47:25

You're being a bit unreasonable, but I completely get it. I have a colleague with a 'standing desk' who bops to the music. He bops on and off all day. It's utterly unreasonable, but I want to poke him right in the eye.

As Elspeth said - if you're trying to work and the noises are legitimately distracting you, you have every right to say 'hold up, yoga-kid, I need to work here' - if he's just being a showy douche and it's getting on your nerves, take a walk smile

ChicRock Fri 29-Apr-16 11:47:58

Start bringing smoked kippers and egg sandwiches for lunch. Try and stink him out.

squoosh Fri 29-Apr-16 11:48:25

Oh my God ThinkPink I'd definitely have to have a perma bopping colleague bumped off!

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Fri 29-Apr-16 11:49:42

Does he sit with his back to everyone the rest of the time? confused

Just that I don't understand the problem with him "facing" you?

Is he particularly minging?

MathsFiend Fri 29-Apr-16 11:53:16

I don't know why so many people thing you are being unreasonable, he is. An office is not a gym. Tell him to do it somewhere more appropriate.

WattDalziel Fri 29-Apr-16 11:55:47

Take a piece of old cotton into work, when he lunges, rip the cotton so he thinks he's split his trousers! grin

WeAllHaveWings Fri 29-Apr-16 11:55:58

If I was trying to work or relax and eat my lunch I would find this very distracting and it would drive me nuts especially if it was daily.

I tell him again to find somewhere else and if he didn't I'd ask my manager to find him somewhere else.

trixymalixy Fri 29-Apr-16 11:56:05

My workplace had someone come in to show us stretches we could do in the office. It's actively encouraged to counteract the effects of sitting for a long time. The noises sound horrendous though so YANBU about that but YABU about the stretches.

ThinkPinkStink Fri 29-Apr-16 11:56:44

I know, right squoosh he's a lovely guy, great at his job... but the bloody bopping. I want to bop him right in the face.

juneau Fri 29-Apr-16 12:03:59

Is there not a conference room or something that's free at lunchtime he could use? I would actually ask him if he could go somewhere else, rather than suggesting it. Its not very appropriate for use your office for this unless you're out of the room. As for the poster saying 'Maybe he needs to do it', well maybe, in that case, he should do it when he gets home from work!

MrsEricBana Fri 29-Apr-16 12:12:42

Sounds inappropriate to me. I think you do need to say look you're a lovely guy but please can you do the athletic grunting somewhere more suitable, thanks. grin

HisNameWasPrinceAndHeWasFunky Fri 29-Apr-16 12:16:30

why don't you talk to him and time it so he does the exercises while you are out at lunch?

pippistrelle Fri 29-Apr-16 12:20:02

I used to have a colleague who did a full yoga session on her mat every lunchtime. I found it a bit odd but, you know, whatever. She wasn't noisy though, and if the noises are interfering with your work, it's okay to ask him to pipe down.

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