One of my co-workers uses his speaker phone when making or answering calls. This drives me wild for two reasons. First, it is highly distracting since I can hear not only him, but the person to whom he is speaking, as well. Second, I think this is a big breach on his part, because sometimes, details of the call should just be between him and the person at the other end of the phone who may not know she is being broadcast all over the office. Can I say something?
Sure. Try saying, “You probably aren’t aware that when you are using your speakerphone, a lot of us can hear both sides of the conversation and it’s hard to concentrate on our own work. Do you think you could turn off the speaker when you’re on the phone?” Don’t express your judgment that it is inappropriate or that you find it rude; just focus on the distracting nature of the problem.