I'm writing to both tell my story and get some feedback from other folks out there. I'm not sure if I'm in the wrong on this one.
When I started with my new company a few years back, one of the coolest features I noticed about the place was how they played music over the intercom all day. It was nice since we all lived in cubes, and normally could hear every little breath of the folks around you. The music helped me get more work done by drowning out the distractions. Plus I just like music!
Well most the folks in my department hate the music. They hate it so much they went as far to muffle the speakers with clear tape, they stuffed insulation in the speaker, anything they could think of to stop the music. I complained to them that I liked the music, it helped me work. They all said too bad, we don't like it... They told me to use my head phones if I wanted to listen to music.
Fine. So weeks go by... I decide to start using my headphones since I can't concentrate with the 5 different phone conversations going on all around my cube while my co-workers all chat with their boyfriends, wives and friends. About half-way through the day one of my co-workers pops around the corner into my cube yelling at me... she blurts out something about how she has been trying to yell over the cubes to me for 5 minutes and because of my stupid headphones I couldn't hear her... Then she stomped away apparently not needing to talk to me after all.
I mentioned as she was stomping off that I only use them to drown out the 50 conversations going on all around me all day long...
Am I in the wrong here? The whole company gets to listen to music all day, and most folks like it... our department blocked the music (against company policy, since the intercom is a security measure).
Should I simply give up the headphone usage and spend my days distracted ... or is there something else I can do? Maybe I'll ask for my own office... =)