How Can I Stop The Humming and Gum Cracking?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about humming or cracking chewing gum.

I am an office manager for two doctors. Two of my employees are always humming or cracking chewing gum. It bothers me because it is a small place and is very disruptive. Can I call them aside and let them know that this behavior is unacceptable?

Signed, Distracted

Dear Distracted:

Yes, you certainly can tell the two employees to stop making distracting noises. You work in a medical office where the noises could also distract patients and visitors. It’s unprofessional for a setting in which physicians work. And, it bothers you, so it might very well bother others. It could even be that one of them hums to bring attention to the irritating gum cracking or vice versa!

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