I posted before about my made-up differences between co-workers and near-workers. Now, after moving to a different part of the office, I think I want to add another distinction—"ear-workers".
An ear-worker is someone who works within ear shot of you (ie: can overhear your phone calls, meetings in your cube, etc.), but you have no interaction with whatsoever.
So to sum up we have (so far):
Co-worker: Someone you work with and actually DO work with. People on your same team/department, your boss, internal clients, etc.
Near-worker: Someone you work with, but you don't actually DO work with. You know each other's names and maybe some personal info (family, hobbies, etc), but you hardly ever (if ever) work together on projects.
Ear-worker: Someone who can overhear your work day, but you have no professional or personal interaction with.
Anybody want to add anything or just mock me?