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.