Silence Areas

This past weekend, my husband and I were sitting comfortably outside a coffee shop in a four-person seating area. There was a man sitting in one of the seats. We coexisted well. My husband and I spoke quietly, aware of his presence. Then, another man came and took the fourth seat. He made several calls and was quite loud, causing the other man to walk away. When we left the area, I saw the first man sitting alone nearby.

This got me to thinking that we may all benefit by establishing “silence areas” for those who want to use them. What if there was a silence area in every workplace that anyone could use? Silence areas could go far, promoting balance, providing space to think, providing space to center and serving as a getaway when you need some peace. They wouldn’t be hard to establish and could do some good. Would you use a silence area?

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Ten Times That It’s Best To Stay Silent At Work

1. When you do not have the facts of a situation

2. When your emotions are running high

3. When you have nothing to say

4. When a situation is volatile and you haven’t thought through the risks of speaking up

5. When you are tired and there’s no request that you speak up

6. When the person you would speak to is highly emotional and you see a way to avoid or delay speaking with them until things calm down

7. When someone is making a fool of themselves

8. When you have nothing good to say

9. When what you’d like to say will needlessly cause harm

10. When the person won’t hear you, even if you do speak up

 

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