Noisy Eater in the Workplace

I have a coworker who drives me absolutely insane with her loud gum chewing and ice chewing. We have cubicles next to each other. I usually drown out her obnoxious noise by wearing headphones when I absolutely must stay in my cubicle to do work. It is very distracting, to the point where I feel anxious and irritable and am unable to concentrate on paperwork. Is there any way to address this directly?

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Oct 20, 2010
Nothing can be done... so I'm told
by: Anonymous

we have a guy in our office that does the same thing! Everyone knows about it but no one wants to "offend him" or "hurt his feelings" by the end of lunch I'm irratable and ready to snap. If you find something that works please post it so I can try! It's either that or I move to a different cube which seems really wrong to me.

Oct 01, 2009
That is Why An Elegant Woman Does Not Chew Gum
by: Eunice

Is there a supervisor you can quietly speak to?

If she bothers you with her noise, I'm sure she bothers people around her besides you. Get the supervisor to tell her to refrain from chewing gum and cracking ice as it obstructs productivity.

Hopefully that would do it.

Otherwise, we'll have to do the age-old method of being kind and gentle yet firm ...and honestly tell her that it bothers you.

I just hope she's not addicted to that behaviour.

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