Dear Experts, I am the lowly intern in my office. There is someone in my work area who leaves their phone on all day and it plays a really annoying ring every time they receive a text message. It is really distracting, but I don't know who it is. Even if I did, I would not feel comfortable saying something to any of the persons it could be. I don't know who I can talk with to tell them to turn their phone on silent - like everyone else. Here is how our T.A.P. experts answered this question: Q#319 Ask V nicely "wd it be possible 4 2 put msg notif on silent? It's a little distracting" then let it go. (@juliaerickson) Q#319 If you don't know whose it is, just mention 2 pple that ringtone gives u gr8 opp 2 wk on ur concentration. (@juliaerickson) Q#319 Find out who it is, then get comfortable confronting them (politely). I bet you are not the only irritated person. (@gradversity) Q#319 Let it go. This is time to cultivate an ability to tune out distractions / stay focused on your own contributions. (@ValueIntoWords) Q#319 If affects professionalism ie. goes off when on phone w/client, say something. Otherwise, need to let go. (@jtodonnell) Q#319 I think that as you go through life there will be many such annoyances. Best to get used to it now. (@louise_fletcher) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.

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