Music to my ears
Curt Rosengren on About Work
Music has been part of my work habit for years. It's the soundtrack to my writing, brainstorming, planning, reading, research...you get the picture. If I'm doing it by myself, odds are good I have music playing either on speakers or headphones (right now I'm listening to Tom Waits' Small Change CD - one of my favorites).
For better or worse, with the advent of the iPod culture music is increasingly becoming a part of the standard workplace landscape.
Some companies are music friendly. Others aren't. Some have valid reasons - operating a forklift with screaming banshee metal music blasting in your ears might not be the safest work habit, for example. And not bothering your co-workers with your music if you share space seems like common courtesy. But other attitudes just mystify me. This one, for example...
"We do not look kindly on anyone who puts on earphones and starts listening to iPods," says Mario Almonte, a vice president at Herman Associates, a New York-based marketing and communications company. "It looks like you're not working, and it's not a professional presentation. It's still a device that distracts you."
It looks like you're not working! Ha! I suspect that I would last all of two seconds in an environment like that.
How about you? Do you listen to music while you work? Do the people you work with? Does it have a valid role to play in the workplace, or is it frivolous and distracting?