Noise pollution can be described as intrusive noise that disrupts and distracts people and thereby prevents normal functioning. Noise pollution is everywhere and can also be found in offices.
How would you describe your colleagues? Are you stuck with an arrogant Andy, cheerful Charley, happy-go-lucky Lucy or difficult Diana? How do they see you? Understanding the different personality and job types will not only help you understand yourself but will also help you create a more efficient and productive workplace.
It is perfectly normal for people with different perceptions to experience conflict in the workplace. Avoiding or hiding conflict can be non-productive and incur hidden costs for an organisation; however, dealing appropriately with conflict can be the first step to improving communication, solving a problem and building trust and cooperation.
War veterans called it "shell-shock" and "battle fatigue" when they returned home and couldn't cope with everyday life. In South Africa we call it "being one of the statistics" of violent, life-threatening crime, car high jacking, rape and murder.