Handling distractions at the workplace

By Carson Deveau

March 4, 2015

Peter Bevan-Baker remembers the first time he sat in the P.E.I. legislature meeting as an MLA because of all the shouting and heckling.

He was the first, and only, Green Party representative on P.E.I. and he wasn’t sure what to expect.

He saw the Liberals and Conservatives chatting among themselves respectfully.

Then the meeting started.

The opposition party began screaming and heckling the Liberal MLAs as they tried to explain their answers to any questions the Conservatives asked them.

“It is quite frightening,” said Bevan-Baker.

He doesn’t resort to those tactics, he said. He stays respectful and tries to come up with ideas to help improve the Island.

For Islanders, being professional is important in the workplace, said Cam Beck.

He is a business teacher at Holland College. He tries to help his students be prepared for the real world, which means he doesn’t put up with acting up in class, he said.

“This isn’t high school. We don’t hold your hand here.”

Class is almost like a workplace. You come in, are quiet and do your work. Some students get that and others don’t, he said.

The students who don’t get it are not necessarily struggling in the class, they just haven’t grown up yet, he said.

“It’s not what it is all about. Some of the best students I’ve ever had have been 70 per cent to 80 per cent students, and they do very well once they leave here.”

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Ancelene MacKinnon graduated from the journalism program a few years ago and works as a writer at the Journal Pioneer.

She doesn’t have any immature co-workers, but she still faces distractions in the newsroom, whether it is co-workers chatting or someone turning on a TV, she said.

“I like it quiet, so I just ask them to keep it down or put in my earplugs.”

The biggest distraction at work is the Internet, she said.

“You can’t be distracted by Facebook and other social media, you’ve got to keep working.”