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    Default Office job, listening to music with one headphone, what are your thoughts?

    I'm sometimes tempted to put one of my earphones in at work to quietly listen to music, but wanted to find out the etiquette around doing this. I've done it before during the period in between Christmas and NYE when we're operating on skeleton staff and I can not see another person unless they walk past (and if they stop to talk I immediately take it out). However today, my 3 colleagues that sit in my area are here (not in my department, little to no interaction through the day apart from pleasantries) but my Manager isn't here, who I have the most interaction with through the day. I'm surrounded by chatter boxes though which hugely distracts me, and I think I could concentrate better with music.

    So how would you feel about your colleague doing this (keep in mind it's one headphone, the ear where people approach me from would not have a headphone in it) and do you do it yourself?

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    I do it all the time at my job. But I have a job where I don't deal with clients, or have to talk to colleagues much. I still have a chat with them first, keep up the pleasantries, but I find listening to music makes me more focussed on the task and I get more done. I use two headphones!

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    When I was still working I did it, if I had a deadline or something that needed me to really concentrate -- shutting the world out with music made me more productive

    As for the etiquette I guess it really depends on your workplace/ nature of your role & how your team feel about it....my manager didn't mind if it meant I got the job done! But I do think it would be rude if someone had earphones in all day every day.

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    I occasionally do but management/HR have specifically said it's fine. Could you check with your HR?

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    I used to if I didn't have to answer the phone. Our hr bought us all head phones at one stage to try to reduce the talking in the office.

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    I wish I could. I'm constantly on and off the phone to solicitors and lawyers. Some of my work colleagues do have headphones on and listen to music but they normally have no need to talk to others/answer phones etc.

    I don't really see a problem with it. If it keeps workers happy, I dont see why not.

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    We work in an open plan environment so noise is a real problem. Loads of people do it to block out the chatter and I think it's fair enough to be honest. I think it does need to be limited to 1 head phone and needs to be removed when someone is speaking to you, which everyone does anyway.

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    She is HR!

    This would drive me mental and I would ask you to stop. I have insane hearing and would be able to hear it from the other headphone, guaranteed.

    I also think it makes people look unapproachable (not ideal in our roles).

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    I think it's only acceptable if the ear phone is only in one ear, no one else can hear the music and no one has to raise their voice or anything else to get your attention (ie, it doesn't impact your ability to hear and communicate with colleagues).

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    When I worked in an open plan office I used to do it all the time. In our workplace it was an acceptable signal of 'I'm concentrating, please don't interrupt me!'. It was the equivalent of closing the door and putting up a Do Not Disturb sign. Our stupid cubicles had low walls and there were 4 people to each 'pod'. So hard to get work done!

    As for the pp who said they would hear the music.....I usually just had the ear phones in with no music playing as I hate having music going straight into my ears, for me it was more the signal than the music


 

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