Workplace aural accompaniment (was RE: Telecommuting ...)

Subject: Workplace aural accompaniment (was RE: Telecommuting ...)
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Date: Tue, 26 Feb 2013 12:10:41 -0500

In a noisy environment, my productivity plummets.

It occurs to me to wonder how many people on this list prefer real quiet,
how many prefer noisy surroundings, with several conversations going on all
the time, AND how many need a sound-track (i.e., wear a music machine all
day) versus those who find music (especially music with lyrics)
annoying/distracting, too.

Has there been a Techwhirl poll/survey on whether we prefer to work with
music blasting in our ears or with blessed hushedness?

I don't know about the rest of you but, aside from some tasks involving
graphics, I don't have very many mindless tasks in my techwriting day. If
I'm trying to do a task that requires concentration or originality, noise
is a hindrance. Music is no more welcome than a yappy neighbor dog (Kill
the doglet, kill the doglet, kill the DOGlet!...[sung to the tune of "Kill
the wabbit"]) or some chatterbox going on about wedding plans or gossip or
weekend activities or what they had for lunch, etc.

And... let's get this out in the open... anybody playing rap near me when
I'm sweating a deadline is asking... nay, demanding... to play a brief
starring role in a homicide. Well, maybe that should rightfully be a
"pesticide"? Vermicide ? Disinfection?

No court in the land would.... etc., etc. :-)

On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 2:49 PM, Cardimon, Craig <ccardimon -at- m-s-g -dot- com>

> Agreed. Yahoo could have done a more surgically precise removal of
> telecommuting. One done with a scalpel rather than with a butcher knife.
> Quiet is good, but it's a rare commodity. One of the many reasons I'm glad
> I got used to working in chaotic and noisy newsrooms in my younger years.
> --
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