In every office I’ve ever worked in there has always been at least one person who seems to believe that standing over you, literally breathing down your neck, while you’re working on something will make you get it done faster. It doesn’t, not at all. Even if that person’s breath is reminiscent of the dump on a hot summer day and you’d gladly trade away 10 years of your life to make them go away sooner. It just doesn’t work.
In fact it’s nerve wracking and disruptive. I type and do other office work much faster and with very few errors if there’s not some jerk breathing down my neck. It’s not out of spite; it’s that the stress and annoyance (not to mention the effort not to breathe through my nose if the hoverer is the person with dump breath) aren’t conducive to efficient and quality work.
So what about you? Does it make it harder for you to work quickly and do a good job if there’s someone standing over you? Have you found a way to discourage the behavior?