Etiquette in the office requires complete respect of others having equal access to the office space. Space refers to a number of different aspects including the aspect of sound. Office etiquette requires that we respect each others space when it involves sound both in volume and content.
Many offices require the workers to be present many hours of the day. In addition this many office require there workers to work in rooms full of cubicles. These cubicles are not sound proof and offer little in the way of privacy as it relates to sound. It is important that each worker respect their cubicle neighbors and do their best to limit the volume of sound, either on the phone or in direct meetings. This is not always easy but it is necessary. To help with this, office should supply space where office personnel can meet in a private space with clients and other employees.
Another issue in relation to this respect is to respect the content of others phone conversations. Whether a person is a great employee or not, they will inevitably need to do some kind of personal business while at work. The content of this should be respected as private by those that can hear it. it is also important for people making phone calls or receiving them at work that these calls are not all together private.
It is the nature of today’s workplace that there is little audio privacy. It is important for everyone to do their best to respect everyone else. Consider going outside the office or sending a text message for personal business while at work. This will ensure more privacy.