chatillion 70M
3156 posts
7/23/2014 4:26 pm
MUSIC... some people cannot work without it and some people cannot work with it.


A few years ago, I was in a five-person office. Things get hectic when you're taking 50+ phone calls a day and two or three conversations going on at any point in time. Two of my coworkers listen to music while they work. So, they stream music from Pandora and compete with each other as one likes Country and the other likes everything else (except ). It could be opera in the morning, Margaritaville in the afternoon and relentless 'twanging' all day from the other side of the room.

I get paid to do a job... an important job. With constant distractions, it becomes impossible to do my job. I tried wearing earplugs that work great for shutting out noise, but it was impractical due to the number of calls and questions from the salesman I'm assigned to work with.

It was bothering me as to the number of mistakes I was making. That's NOT like me to miss dimensions on orders but when you're writing 3/8 and someone is shouting (to a customer on the phone) "I priced your kitchen and bath at 58 thousand dollars" it becomes easy to write 5/8 by mistake.

Someone must have heard my plea as they moved the delivery, installation and service departments to a nearby warehouse and relocated the drafting, order processing department to the vacant offices. That left me and my salesman to move into a 2-person office.

Hallelujah... my mistake rate went down and I'm able to produce more work.

Amazingly, we were able to squeeze four more people when giving sales presentations without bothering anyone. Upper management seemed to like the change and we are taking on more complex projects.

I have no problems cranking up music on the drive home... but I'm unable to give 100% if I'm listening to music when I'm expected to work.

The bad part of this is I got relocated when they opened a new wing and moved 16 people (including me) into one large room with cubicles. Now I get to hear as many as 6 conversations at a time.

beyondfantasy3 111M
4737 posts
7/23/2014 6:27 pm

I don't often play music while I work... When I was young, I could do various things with the music playing. My focus is on what I do. I have a corner office with a reasonably good view. I don't get to stand staring out the windows, but occasionally I pause and grasp the sky and look about.

No one in the suite, plays music. I do scan video, but they are related to 'work". but this is only occasionally when I'm seeking content for a presentation project.