Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

Magazine article Management Today

What's Your Problem?

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Q: I've recently begun working for a media company in central London and I am getting fed up with my colleagues' inane banter. It seems all they ever want to talk about is The Only Way is Essex or what happened on last night's EastEnders. I didn't study at a prestigious university for three years only to be surrounded by morons. If nothing else, it's destroying my concentration and productivity levels. Should I mention it to my boss or will I look like a killjoy - not ideal considering I am still the newbie?

A: I have a question for you. If you did mention your dissatisfactions to your boss, what exactly would you expect him to do as a result?

'Good morning, everyone. I've called you all together because young Nigel here, with the fresh eyes of a newcomer, has brought certain aspects of this office to my attention that I'd like to share with you Nigel comes, as you may know, from a prestigious university - so it behoves us to listen to his opinions with some respect. First, he describes your general conversation as 'inane banter', with favoured topics showing an unfortunate bias towards The Only Way is Essex and EastEnders. …

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