Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Coping with noise in the workplace

Working with noise in the office ...

"I find it really hard to concentrate on tasks that require logical thinking when there is a lot of other things going on in the same room, especially if those other things are causing a lot of noise.

Some people can focus no matter what, but I’m pretty sensitive to unwanted background noise. Unfortunately everybody does not want their workplace to be quiet – some people actually want noise and chaos. Completely absurd to me, but that’s the way it is.

Many offices today are really bad with regard to background noise. What is worse is that there isn’t a whole lot you can do about much of that noise (provided you don’t want it) unless you have the luxury of having a room of your own. Kind of like the old days when smoking was allowed in offices – there was no getting away from it for the non-smokers."   continued ...   (Via 456 Berea Street)

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