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    Default WDYT? Headphones on at work

    Large open plan office, very noisy chatter wise, lots of corporate visitors.

    Are headphones okay for blocking out chatter? Or do they look too unprofessional and make people unapproachable too much?

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    I think it depends on your role somewhat. The girls in our accounts team wear them, but they don't really need to interact with anyone much as they're mostly there for data entry/processing.

    But there's a girl in my team who wears them and its really annoying as we need to regularly chat/throw ideas around/ask each other things, and as she can't hear us we have to go around and wave at her to get her attention.

    I personally think it's quite 'antisocial' - not that you have to be sociable in the 'lets chat and be friends with everyone' sense, but more so that it makes you seem unapproachable.

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    I think it depends on the role and their need to interact.
    A receptionist in my office - no way. Need to answer phones, deal with clients, speak to staff regularly.
    Someone who doesn't need to interact often, maybe. But I'd prefer they did what someone in our place does and have one in and one out. I think it's more approachable. But I really think it depends on the role.

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    Also quite a lot of people with Autism and Aspergers do it so they can function in the workplace.

    Just a thought
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    I dont think they are great for a corporate office.

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    I only wear headphones at work if my manager is away as we interact a lot through the day and I'd feel rude to have them in when she's there. When she's not there, I can go all day without anyone needing to talk to me, but I still leave one in, one out just in case. I have a lot of chatter boxes around me and I have the music as quiet as I can have it so I can still hear what's going on if I need to, no one else can hear it and I can concentrate on my work.

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    I used to use them in Payroll. I would listen to audiobooks all day and get bucket loads of work done.

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    I use them very frequently to focus on my work. It's an accepted practice at my workplace.

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    Working in accounts nearly everyone has them, helps to drown out chatter and concentrate on your work. When I worked in a large office we were only allowed one in and one out though.
    If your dealing with people alot then I would say no.

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    My last workplace banned us from using headphones. Blanket ban, across all departments. Their reasoning was that it was unsafe

    I believe it was a combination of a quiet day and an over controlling HR manager! We weren't happy at all.


 

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