- I’m at work.
- I head for the toilets.
- An annoying colleague comes in right behind me and enters the cubicle next to mine.
- She proceeds to chat to me through the wall while we’re both sitting there attending to business. She doesn’t seem to notice my unwillingness to engage her.
- To make matters worse, I have Irritable Bowel Syndrome, so there are some… sound effects.
- It’s embarrassing. It’s not the first time she’s done this.
- What can I do?
Dear Toilet Talk,
To be honest you sound like a bit of a snob.
The workplace has a very defined hierarchical pecking order, but this doesn’t apply in the toilets. Sitting with your pants around your ankles is a great leveller. Your colleague is clearly just trying to reach out to you. Just be thankful that it’s through the toilet wall, rather than under it. That’d be weird.
Personally, I find your use of dot points far more disturbing than your chatty colleague’s behaviour.
Hope this helps.
With kind regards,