When They Get Calls

Dear Jean,

I’m a graphic artist for a large advertising firm.  The work I do requires a lot of communication with my peers.  Some days I have to consult with five or six people before starting my projects.  I’m occasionally in a co-worker’s office when he or she receives a phone call.  Should I automatically excuse myself?

Reply:

Not necessarily.  If the nature of the call sounds personal to you, you may want to go back to your own office.  If not, you may want to wait it out.  You can disengage and work on another project in your head.

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