Gum Chewing Boss

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a boss who chews and pops her gum:

Help! My boss chews and pops her gum worse than a teenager. If she were my child, I would have had that gum in the trashcan before the second pop! What can I do? The most annoying thing is when she stands behind me chewing and smacking in my ear. It is like fingers on a chalkboard. I have put my iPod on and taken to wearing earplugs, but this is so unprofessional.

Signed, Annoyed!

Dear Annoyed!:

You are annoyed! It is enough to drive you up the wall. Fortunately you’ve found ways to shut the gum popping out of your ears but not out of your mind. What can you do? Continue to fume inside or kindly but firmly tell your boss that it really bothers you, especially when she chews and pops near you. Sure it is the kind of thing you would have stopped if she were your child, but she isn’t rather she is your boss.

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