By Karen Karbo, REDBOOK
Q: "I work in a small, cramped office with only six people. I don't mind that; what I object to is one gal who is always singing. No one else seems to care, and I don't want to come off as a total grump, but isn't that unprofessional?" -J.C., 60, California
A: Singing? Like, along with the radio, or just randomly breaking into "You Give Love a Bad Name"? I can't say whether her behavior is inappropriate-one office's lack of professionalism is another office's free-spirited creative vibe-but if it's affecting your work, it's got to stop. The next time Julie Andrews starts up, take her aside and say that her habit makes it hard for you to focus. Then add that you just can't help but listen to her since she's so good. While you'd much rather hear her belt out those tunes than do the weekly report, alas, the work needs to get done. Everybody's a winner this way: You don't look like a grouch, and her secret dreams of being a finalist on America's Got Talent remain intact.
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Advice guru Karen Karbo is a mom, a teacher, and the author of the new book How Georgia Became O'Keeffe. Do you need life advice? Send questions about perplexing friends, family, mates, colleagues, and anyone else to firstname.lastname@example.org , and include your initials, age, and state. Letters may be edited for clarity and length.
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