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to want to tell my boss to shut the feck up!

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Portofino Wed 10-Sep-08 13:40:49

We've had an office rearrange last week and my boss is now sat next to me. He keeps up a running commentary on everything he is doing - along the lines of "ooh such and such has sent me an email to tell me their delivery has not arrived....." To make it worse, he speaks to me in French so I cannot understand a word unless I "actively" listen IYSWIM. I've tried telling him I'm a bit busy, can we chat later, I've tried ignoring him - he just will not stop.

Today I have PMT and want to MN have some reports that need to get finished. He has been wittering on and on all morning til I am at exploding point. AIBU to want to tell him to shut the feck up, or to slam his head repeatedly in the filing cabinet - or should I find a more mature and professional way of resolving the problem?

Miaou Wed 10-Sep-08 13:45:09

Did he used to sit next to someone else? Can you ask them what they did? (apart from breathe a sigh of relief when he moved grin)

How about loudly repeating what you are typing in a "I'm trying to concentrate adn you're making it hard" manner?

Miaou Wed 10-Sep-08 13:45:30

(but not what you are typing on this thread, obviously grin)

Kbear Wed 10-Sep-08 13:45:40

LOL, it's like that Catherine Tate character where she bugs the girl at the next desk. Very funny but agree, slam his head into a filing cabinet drawer and he'll stop I'm sure.

OrmIrian Wed 10-Sep-08 13:47:09

Get a fake hearing aid and turn it 'off' purposefully and tut and sigh loudly when he starts up with commentary.

Sparkletastic Wed 10-Sep-08 13:48:59

My boss does this - love her dearly and all that as she is a good friend but I just tune her out (try - you can do it!), don't make any response noises at all, and if they actually ask you a direct question or in some other way jolt you out of your zen revery mumsnetting then just say "Sorry I'm not listening to you as I'm really busy" and smile sweetly. grin

Nagapie Wed 10-Sep-08 13:49:13

Kbear - was thinking the same re: CT show ... grin

Perhaps this is the time to get a liking for pickled onion crisps and tuna for lunch...

Pinkjenny Wed 10-Sep-08 13:49:51

Say something like, 'OOOh I'll get nothing done if you chat to me all day!'

I sympathise - I had to pick dd up from nursery yesterday as she wasn't well, and my child-free boss said, 'Can't they just call a doctor or something?'


combustiblemelon Wed 10-Sep-08 13:56:59

Headphones if you're allowed. Sometimes if people think you can't hear them they don't bother talking. You don't actually have to have the music on.

Portofino Wed 10-Sep-08 13:57:58

Some excellent ideas thank you! It is a bit like the CT thing now you come to mention it. Except I thought that was funny grin

God he keeps trying to show me things on his PC now - I am going to go and hide in the toilet for a while.

shergar Wed 10-Sep-08 14:15:52

MP3 player? Works in my office.

Portofino Wed 10-Sep-08 15:04:00

MP3 is a great idea!! I probably wouldn't mind if he wanted to talk about interesting things. I don't normally mind being interrupted for gossip. Last week, he brought in a copy of a book he has written. Well I was quite impressed as that is some achievement. But it is about Belgian Trees hmm and not something that I wish to discuss for several seconds hours. I tuned out - he kept going.....

cupsoftea Wed 10-Sep-08 15:09:19

What a different boss!! Headphones are the answer.

Boobalina Wed 10-Sep-08 15:09:25

My boss keeps saying - 'So whats happened every time he enters the room' which is generally everytime after he has been to the loo, got a drink of water...

Plus has moved his desk to behind mine, so am doign this on the most skinny minimized screen possible....


2beornot2be Wed 10-Sep-08 15:31:11

My two bosses skype me and we laugh at the most random things which is great

Headphones are a good idea Or dont brush ur teeth for one day and breathe on him when he speaks to you making sure you have had loads of garlic and onions

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