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Crazy keyboard pounder

Crazy keyboard pounder

(OP)
In the cube next to me..pounds on her keyboard like a crazed monkey all..day..long..at a hundred miles an hour. Non-stop. Have no idea what it could be. I wear leafblower earmuffs and I still hear it. Going..insane...

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

Would the 'quiet' keyboard make a difference?
Some keyboards are LOUD by design, some are quiet.

I have a guy here who is very noisy on the keyboard, and I asked him where and when did he learn to type. Manual typewriter long time ago. That’s why. sad

Have fun.

---- Andy

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

Pgmr777 -
Talk to your mutual supervisor about the problem !
A quieter keyboard could be the solution -stop by one of the office supply stores (and bring the pounder with you) and try some on for touch feel and sound level!
If no keyboard replacement possible, put a rubber mat UNDER the existing keyboard.
I learned to type on a manual typewriter also, with no lettering on the keys -just a chart on the wall!

Fred Wagner

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(OP)
..it wouldn't make any difference..I can FEEL it through the cubicle framework..it's like a JACKHAMMER..quiet keyboard would not help..she doesn't type..she POUNDS..and FAST..rapid fire..continuously..is she writing a BOOK? What could it BE???

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

This might sound crazy, but have you tried asking her?

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She may just take her frustration out on the poor keyboard. If you start bugging her – you may be next. smile

Have fun.

---- Andy

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

If you can feel it through the cubicle structure, how about a pad under YOUR keyboard ? That and perhaps headphones with Active Noise cancellation....

Fred Wagner

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Time to talk to her in a very nice way. Failing that - talk to H.R.

Either of these will make you the PITA employee of the month, but you might need a rubber room otherwise.

Ultimate fix: new job.

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(OP)
can't talk to anybody about it cause of the f-ed up culture here (could tell you absolutely unbelievable stories)..can't leave cause of the great pay and benefits (which can be a curse as in this case where they make you put up with sick environment past normal limits)..i believe it is ultimately the rubber room for me unless i can retire prior to cracking up completely..it's a race between the two..

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

Have you inquired about a Telecommuting option ? get your work done without being in the cubicle ? If asked why, you could bring up the distraction in the next cubicle, and explain that you could be more productive without the distraction.....

Fred Wagner

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

You CAN leave (not an indentured servant), but you have already made a judgement that more money is better than your sanity. If it's that messed up, even more reason to leave.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

Pound on you desk along with her. Maybe buy some drum sticks or use pens. Make sure you match her beat. At the very least, you'll amuse yourself and restore some sanity. Or, start hiding smelly things in her cube when she goes to lunch.

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(OP)
you guys' input is most appreciated. yes i have made a decision to stay based on the truly spectacular benefits..but the cost could indeed be my sanity. and what if i did go somewhere else and discovered that it all was mostly a mental condition and i started fixating on similar things at the new place? one of you mentioned the word "indentured", but aren't we all techno-slaves of a sort..working out of fear?

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

Have you had a physical exam lately ? there might be a health condition causing you to be more sensitive to noise and vibration.... also, how much caffiene are you using ? maybe cut back a bit ?

Fred Wagner

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How about other people working close by? Do they go insane as well? If so, I see a support group forming soon where you can discuss “Why do I hate this Crazy keyboard pounder” and “How to cover my tracks when something bad happens to her”. Accidents do happen, you know….. smile

Have fun.

---- Andy

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Combining what you said here and in thread655-1604936: Knuckle cracking..flipflops..etc... ...

It's one thing to have boorish coworkers that "drive you crazy" in the figurative sense. But when those things start literally driving you crazy, and given that a few of the things mentioned in the other thread are really not things that would typically drive someone crazy, FredWagner's advice might be prudent...

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

as a preliminary step to getting a physical by a family practice physician, stop at your neighborhood pharmacy and get your blood pressure checked. Most of them have an automated setup where it's done, and it can be very enlightening. If the benefits where you work are as good as you say, they must cover routine preventive medical checkups. Another aspect to consider is your life outside of work - do you get healthy exercise? jogging, long walks, bike riding, swimming? Every considered Tai Chi or Tae Kwon Do classes ?

Fred Wagner

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Anyone that has to work for a living is sort of an indentured servant (need a job to eat), but within that context, you can move around.

Have you confirmed that others think of her as pounding her keyboard or is it only you? Regarding the health aspect of things, and I say this NOT jokingly - people do develop mental issues through their life. Inability to cope, depression, manic behavior, paranoia - any possibility that something might run in the family?

What are the benefits that you can't leave?

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

Get a bigger monitor and a wireless keyboard, put the keyboard on your lap, and back away from the cubicle shelf.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

Why don't you have a "Who can type the loudest" contest. then jump up and say ey ARE YOU MOCKING ME?


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RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

I think you should focus on doing your job. They aren't paying you to worry about the person in the cube next to you.

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I think you should focus on doing your job. They aren't paying you to worry about the person in the cube next to you.

That's harsh. Must be from human resources!!!

I'm sorry but that's an ignorant and insensitive comment. People are people and they will always be affected by things at work: temperature, noise, rude coworkers, inept bosses, bureaucracy, etc.

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I'm not a human resources person. However, if somebody came to me and complained about this, this is what I would tell them.

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@trixierebecca - Your suggestion sounds like they come straight out of an MBA textbook. Theoretically, it's great. However, we don't live in a theoretical world. In the real world, you have to deal with real people and real situations, not just concepts from a textbook.

If someone came to me and complained about this, I would try to learn as much about the situation as reasonable, starting with the person registering the complaint. Does this person have a history of complaining? In the past, when this person has raised an issue, it is with merit? Are there other people in the office similarly affected (Just because one is bringing up an issue doesn't mean the issue doesn't exist). Then I would try to find a solution that satisfies everyone.

Maybe the most practical thing is to get a new keyboard and/or padding for the heavy typist.
Maybe I would move the heavy typist to a different location.
Maybe I would move the person who registered the complaint.
Maybe I would do something entirely different based on what I learn about the situation.
And yes, maybe I would tell the complainer to focus on doing their job.

However, what I would not do is to arbitrarily jump to conclusions and exercise the last presented option.

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Maybe the most practical thing is to get a new keyboard and/or padding for the heavy typist.
Maybe I would move the heavy typist to a different location.
Maybe I would move the person who registered the complaint.
Maybe I would do something entirely different based on what I learn about the situation.
And yes, maybe I would tell the complainer to focus on doing their job.

All excellent and thoughtful comments. However, the OP has basically said the company is "screwed up" and nothing will come of contacting supervisor/HR. OP has decided to stay quiet and suffer because of the money/benefits combo.

Personally, it would really bother me too and I would start looking (semi-aggressively) for another job.

Remember - people are already cranky for having to get to work and be at work all day. Any aggravations magnify the grumpiness.

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==> However, the OP has basically said the company is "screwed up" and nothing will come of contacting supervisor/HR.
Yes, the OP did say that, but pgmr777 also said (8 Jun 12 14:39) that he/she had decided to say because of the spectacular benefits. As long as pgmr777 believes that the value of the pay and benefits outweighs the workplace costs, then pgmr777 should be fine. I respect that decision and I'll leave it at that. Personally, I don't know what I would do in that situation. Naturally, you want to communicate with your supervisor, but that's tough in any environment. What to say, how to say it, where to say it, and when to say it, all have to be tailored to what will work, and not work, with your supervisor in that workplace environment.

My response was primarily directed at trixierebecca and the comments of how trixierebecca would respond if approached with such a complaint. I would respond differently. Of course, neither response does pgmr777 any good because we're not responding as if in pgmr777's shoes, but in the shoes of pgmr777's manager.

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I understood what you meant CajunCenturion

I'm concerned OP has jumped off a bridge.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

A person who would complain about something like this is the kind of person who just looks for things to complain about.

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A person who would complain about something like this is the kind of person who just looks for things to complain about.

Whoa dude. I think this poster has more to complain about than you do with your "sent home" post. Way more - crappy company that doesn't respond to workers problems and psycho-biotch co-worker that you can't discuss anything with plus the noise factor. Way more maddening and more than one instance to deal with.

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I'm starting to wonder if a certain someone, who has only made a couple of recent posts, is a troll or if they just have sand in a certain orifice making them cranky?

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

Interesting situation.

A "quiet" keyboard would, in fact, be the solution.
The keyboard pounder is obviously working; if she wasn't, she wouldn't be there, correct?

It could be that the OP is a little over-sensitive to the noise. A combination solution (a quieter keyboard for the pounder, and maybe some soothing music with noise cancelling headphones for the OP...

Trying to "out pound" them is not constructive.
Complaining to a supervisor and/or HR about someone being loud on their keyboard would, to me, sound trite.
Perhaps moving to another cubicle/location would also be a solution.

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Just my 2¢

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7 Habits #4: Think Win-Win. What is a solution that solves the problem for all involved?

The most precisely perfect solution would have some mechanism that harnesses the kinetic energy of the keyboard pounding and converts it to electrical energy to power the music player/noise-cancelling headphones.

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Consider a Video solution for posting on YouTube - have a cup of coffee on your desktop so the vibration from the pounding will show as ripples in the liquid surface, and record a minute or two of the keyboarding with sound, and visual of the waves in the coffee, and post it on YouTube. Viral videos seem to have a way of getting attention lately...

Fred Wagner

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

A little background. I worked for IBM back in the 80s. I remember when the PC came out. It had a really noisy, clicky keyboard. But back then, that's exactly what most people wanted, having only typed on a noisy typewriter previously. The tactile and audio feedback is what they expexted and needed.

Things are different these days; fewer people want that. I expect your co-worker is used to the feedback.

You have several options:
  1. Continue to wear your earmuffs, and hold your tongue.
  2. Talk to your co-worker. See if she could tone it down a little. Suggest that the PC folks switch her keyboard to something less noisy, if possible.
  3. If you get nowhere with that, talk to her supervisor. Explain that the racket is cutting down your productivity.
I serviced typewriters for 9 years, and I know that ingrained typing habits are very hard to change. I had a lady with an older model IBM typebar typewriter who had a habit of toggling the shift key three or four times after every word (whether she needed to or not). It was just a habit on her part, but I had to replace the worn-out shift cam on that thing twice within a year. And out of the thousands of typebar typewriters I ever fixed, that was the only machine I ever replaced a shift cam on. Ever. Good thing, too - it's a pain to replace.

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Viral videos seem to have a way of getting attention lately...

Yup... that would get the attention of your boss asking "Why am I paying you to upload videos to YouTube?" ;)

Just my 2¢

"What the captain doesn't realize is that we've secretly replaced his Dilithium Crystals with new Folger's Crystals."

--Greg http://parallel.tzo.com

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(OP)
Thanks to all for the great ideas and sympathy.

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

So, pgmr777... this thread is rather old... what was the eventual outcome?

Just my 2¢

"What the captain doesn't realize is that we've secretly replaced his Dilithium Crystals with new Folger's Crystals."

--Greg http://parallel.tzo.com

RE: Crazy keyboard pounder

Haven't you heard, he eloped with the keyboard pounder and now they are disturbing an elderly couple called Joyce and Bill with their over enthusiastic antics.

Ok, I know, this is meant to be serious, sorry.

If the vibration is coming through the cubible desk and floor, why not just insulate yourself from the source of the annoyance.

You want to try and work when you can hear a playground full of young children screaming.

Keith
www.studiosoft.co.uk

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