by Parenting Software on 19/08/10 at 4:37 am
I work in a cubicle in an office with an open floor plan. My coworker listens to music on her PC (usually the same CD over and over again) through speakers instead of headphones. Unlike many others, I find music very distracting while trying to concentrate at work. When I asked if she would mind using headphones she (quite literally) ignored me and turned the volume down a bit. At the current volume level I can’t hear the lyrics, but can still hear the persistent humming and rhythm of the songs. Though I can appreciate the gesture of turning the volume down and that the music is probably relaxing to her, I don’t appreciate being ignored or the distraction. I’d like to avoid becoming a tattletale and involving our manager, but I’m not sure how else to phrase my request. I don’t think I’m being unreasonable, and it is always my nature to yield to others at my own discomfort rather than to risk conflict. However, my work is suffering, and that is not something that I’m willing to risk for someone else’s musical enjoyment. I’d appreciate any constructive advice on how to best approach the inevitable conversation that I’ll need to have with her.
Thank you to everyone for the constructive advice! The headphones are now on! Now, I’ve got to get off Yahoo! and get some work done. :-)