RE: Cubicle Noise Canceling (WAS: A PDA in every pocket?)

Subject: RE: Cubicle Noise Canceling (WAS: A PDA in every pocket?)
From: "Secara, Maggie" <MSecara -at- sjm -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 19 Oct 2005 11:25:14 -0700

> From: Nuckols, Kenneth M

> What do most writers who have to compete with "animated"
> phone conversations in the work environment do to compete
> with the noise? Are headphones now generally considered
> "acceptable" accoutrements for the writer in a cubicle
> environment? I'm hoping I'll be allowed to wear some
> headphones so I can listen to "white noise" or "ambient"
> soundtracks to drown the conversations, and if I get any
> resistance to my request it would be nice to know what others
> are doing.

I've never heard of head phones being unacceptable, so I wouldn't worry
about being allowed. I wouldn't even think of asking permission. Why
would anyone care, unless they're so perfect you can't hear your boss
asking you a question.

In my noisiest positions, surrounded by sales or customer service, I
wear them most of the time. In cube-land, it's almost unavoidable.
Sometimes, though, I am so deeply involved in what I'm doing, I hardly
hear the chatter.



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