I just had someone hold me hostage at my desk. I think I've referred to this before in prior posts, but it basically means that someone corners you in your own working space and starts talking about something that may or may not be of interest to you.
Today this happened and one of my co-workers left the room and called me. I didn't answer, but it did help the person float away from the desk.
I wrote my note of gratitude in response.
"Thank you for the “mercy call” as it assisted in moving certain objects in the room from one end to the other."
It is interesting how many dynamics go on in a shared working space. So many different experiences going on in the same spot.