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Do You Make Personal Calls in Your Co-Workers' Presence?

Do You Make Personal Calls in Your Co-Workers' Presence?

The Michael Scott Paper Company moved into its 165-square-foot headquarters on last night's episode of The Office, leaving Michael, Pam, and Comeback Ryan without any personal space. With no doors to close for privacy, the three colleagues adopt different corners of the office and have plenty of time to make calls because there's no work to do. Quarters are so close that Pam blatantly hears Micheal tell his mom, "P is being a B," and Ryan tells his friend, "Pam would be a six in New York, but she's a seven because it's Scranton."

I sincerely hope none of you have similar office conditions, but I know square footage doesn't matter much when everyone is sitting so close to each other, anyway. Do you make personal calls in your co-workers' presence? Do your co-workers make them in front of you?

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aimeeb aimeeb 6 years
Rarely but on occasion I'm chained to my desk-never anything too personal though.
ilanac13 ilanac13 6 years
i've made personal calls from time to time, but i always try to make them before my co-workers get into the office since we're all in close proximity. i'm not a big fan of sharing my news with the world, and when you're sitting so close to people you sometimes have no choice.
bento-barista bento-barista 6 years
I try not because I see how hard it is to give the impression that you are actually doing work when you are on the phone -- my coworkers, some more than others, do it all the time.
Frenched Frenched 6 years
My co-workers sometimes do make personal calls with a pretty loud voice but it's really not that often, and the calls are often short and sweet. I do not like making personal calls @ work, personally. I'll just wait for break time and go to my car and deal with my phone calls there. :)
cdent4 cdent4 6 years
Yes, I had an office mate that was incredibly revealing about her personal life. I had so many TMI moments when she was on the phone i.e. talking on the phone with her doctor about her UTI. Her phone calls were so revealing I was embarassed for her!
Spectra Spectra 6 years
I don't, but everyone else in the lab does it occasionally. We share a phone, so whatever you say is incredibly public. That's why I reserve my personal calls for my break time when I can make them on my cell phone in private.
Symphonee Symphonee 6 years
Yes but I tend not to be too revealing with my wordchoices or actions. We all do it though.
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