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Headphones at Work


Robby

Lately when I visit offices, I’ve been taking a quick visual inventory of the number of people wearing headphones. What was once a total rarity has taken off in recent years. Partially this is due to the advance in computer and Internet technology. It’s now possible to listen to almost any kind of music through your computer basically for free. Personally, however, I think this trend is really not about jamming to music but something much more profound.

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I believe that the real reason people listen to music at work is that it enables them to be more productive and more satisfied. That might sound somewhat obvious, but think about what this statement really means. It’s saying that the natural environment provided by the employer can be significantly improved by eliminating ambient noise and replacing it with music.

This of course, should not be the case. First of all, it seems reasonable at first that music should distract us from working.  However, most people can acknowledge that music can be a pleasant accompaniment to our duties. As I write this blog post, I’m listening to The Eagles sing “Take it Easy.” My brain can process the words and instruments in the song, but I can still type my own ideas at the same time. I’m not using headphones though. Instead, I’m using speakers in a private office.

My personal theory is that headphones are used at the office for a variety of reasons. Sure, people enjoy background music in getting their work done. But at the same time, wearing something on your head sends the message that “I’m working.” It helps people to concentrate and to communicate to others that they don’t want to be interrupted.

What do you think? What do headphones mean at your office?

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About the Blogger: Robby Slaughter is a productivity speaker and expert. He is a principal with a AccelaWork, an Indianapolis consulting firm.

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3 Responses

  1. Chris May 29 2012 @ 12:41 am

     I work at a software company and find it preferable to wear headphones and listen to music to avoid distractions so I can get my work done. The main thing, though is to make sure I don't ignore my co-workers (or bosses) when they want to talk to me.

    I use an iPod touch with the "iPauseMusic" app on it. It uses the camera to watch the entrance to my cube. When it detects that somebody has stopped by to tak, it automatically pauses the music. It even shows "PAUSED" in big letters so the visitor knows they can start talking even if my headphones are still on.

    This setup also avoids people surprising me while I'm engrossed in my work.

  2. rslaughter May 29 2012 @ 2:31 pm

    Thanks, Chris! Great idea.

  3. Anica Oaks February 7 2014 @ 6:21 am

    Headphones are great. You can totally focus on the task at hand without having to worry about ringing phones, pinging inboxes, and background chatter. No one will come up to you to chat or barge into your space to talk about a work-related problem that could be solved much faster over email

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