Alert designed by Stephen JB Thomas from The Noun Project

Alert designed by Stephen JB Thomas from The Noun Project

Every office has a person racing from desk to desk, talking loud and fast, checking and replying on their mobile; always on the go. They look important, they feel important, but actually, they are stressing out of their coworkers. As the Wall Street Journal explains:

Ray Hollinger was known for years among colleagues in a previous job as a sales-training executive as “Mr. Busy,” he says. In his quest to be a top performer, he says, he often thought, “If all this stuff just keeps coming at me, I will take it on. I will take it all on,” says Mr. Hollinger, founder of More Time More Sales, a Phoenixville, Pa., training firm.

He says he wasn’t aware that his constant motion sometimes made others feel uncomfortable—until a co-worker pointed it out. She told him that when she tried to talk with him, ” ‘your volume goes up, your pace of speaking goes up, and you’re not fully in the conversation,’ ” he says.

It’s even worse in open offices.

When the boss has a view of the entire office, “no one wants to be seen as the slowest moving object in the solar system. You have to keep up with the Joneses—literally,” says Ben Jacobson, co-founder of Conifer Research, Chicago, which conducts behavioral and cultural research for companies.

Read the rest, and how to fix it, here.

Related: Tony Schwartz: The Myths of the Creative Overworked

  • Chuck Mahoney

    Excellent link. Now, how do I approach my boss with this revelation and get him to slow down a bit, and how do I get him to accept that my style (calm, and unruffled) is an effective approach?

  • raul

    Somewhat related, this book may provide you with interesting facts/evidence/perspective:

    • raul

      btw, I meant to address that to Chuck

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