Nail No-No: Personal grooming at your desk

by epi on August 6, 2012

Q: Is it me, or is it really gross for people to clip their fingernails in a cubicle-style office?  I just can’t stand to hear that noise.  This kind of grooming crosses the line.

A: Generally, we receive complaints about people who take their shoes off and clip their toenails in their cubicles.  That, I think, is gross: shoes and socks strewn on the floor, smelly feet exposed, and the incessant, harsh sounds of the clipper cutting the nails.  Where fingernails are concerned, a quick clip to smooth a jagged nail probably isn’t worth worrying about.  Daily manicuring of all the fingers, however, is too much to be done at one’s desk.  Co-workers will start to be bothered by it — plus, the boss may not look kindly on the fact that work time is being devoted to personal grooming.

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Erica August 7, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Do people really clip their nails at work? I’ve never heard of someone doing this before, it just seems insane, who would do that?!


Carol August 12, 2012 at 12:01 pm

I used to ”desk share” with a coworker who worked the night shift. It wasn’t uncommon to come in and find toenails littered around the floor. He also assembled model figurines when it wasn’t busy, so I’d find globs of glue on the desk as well. He was a pig, and I have no idea how he got away with it, but I finally got a new desk.


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