I had a manager (one of many, story for another time) that seemed to learn a bad habit from our previous manager (they were evil clones i'm sure). When making a call, the would press an open line on the phone thus making the whole section hear the dial tone out loud, then the beep beep beep of their dialing, then the ringing of the call, and finally the person's "Hello?". All BEFORE they even bothered to lift their arm to pick the receiver up to complete their call!!!
Gawd people! I mean, how hard is it to do all that without making the rest of us hear it???? And these are the same Hagatha's that would berate everyone for having the gall to personally interact with other human beings during the day.
I actually saw something on MSNBC today about a $300 device that you can activate to play voices that mimic office chatter to mask your personal conversations. That would be fine, but in my case, I'd rather step out into the hall to make a personal call than sound like I have 25 people in my 5x5 cube.
That's another thing, we have stool pigeons that whine if they sniff out anyone making a personal call, and because some of the call center people don't use discretion when talking on their cells in the hall when potential corporate customers come to visit that the same stoolies like to narc on people talking in the halls. I say, just do it to the ones that like to talk about who they got lucky or drunk with.. oh oh, and the idiots that insist on talking in the bathrooms!!! Don't EVEN get me going on THAT!!!!