how to cope with noisy offices
In various software development jobs I've had different office conditions.
Really good headphones that block out external sound.
Find the manager that wants me to be productive and say the problem that I'm having.
I have had this problem since i started but recently it became a lot worse when we moved to new premises. I would have people talking over my desk to the person that sat next to me, people shouting across the office. In the end i got absolutely fed up and told them i wanted moved or else the big contract they just took on would take me a good few months longer than it should. At the moment i am now located in the board room and they are pricing getting me a seperate office partition built - if you are the lone developer or one of few then stamping your feet (in a polite but imformative way) does work.
The first day at my current job I put on my headphones and played some (classical) music to drown out the unending din. After a few minutes the grumpy old QA lady in the next cube walked over and asked me to turn the music down.
name withheld out of cowardice
I'm in the same boat, headphones are your best bet, just be prepared for hurting ears and a dull headache.
iPod, headphones, loud-pounding music.
iPod, headphones, loud-pounding music, and a big gun.
Ack, how about for those of us that can't listen to music while working?
Ricardo Antunes da Costa
> Or those who just can't stand headphones ?
Unfortunately, I would venture to say that most people do not really have a choice as to their office environments, so we really do need a way to cope...
I bought myself a pair of closed headphones, which cut out sound more effectively and also ensure that no matter how loud you turn up the music, people around you can't hear it. They're Sennheiser HD202s -- not as good sound quality as "open" ones, but ideal for listening to music without annoying others.
I'm currently working in a low-walled cube farm; my desk is near a men's room, the elevators, and a cafeteria/break room where there's a TV on all day every day.
- former car owner in Queens
forgot to add: http://www.etymotic.com/ephp/er4.asp
- former car owner in Queens
Start a campaign against office cabal. Maybe http://nonoise.org could help out?
Just me (Sir to you)
I second the Etymotics, or some other set of good-quality isolating earbuds. I got a pair of ER-6's about a month ago (less than half the price of the ER-4's), and find them wonderful. Even the ER-6 model is somewhat expensive, but they're a bargain compared to the price of good hearing aids, which is what I'd end up needing if I kept using ordinary earbuds that require me to crank the volume up to drown out coworkers, city bus engine noise, etc.
I have my own office, but even that's not enough. I can close the door, but I don't really want to do that. I've found that the best solution for me, as others have mentioned, is listening to music through earphones. I tend to work much better while listening to music anyway.
I recently read in Peopleware that listening to music or white noise can inhibit one's creativity. I haven't yet had a chance to look into this claim further.
Some people seem to work better listening to music, and some such as myself find it impossible.
What a bunch of mice. You can't do development work in an environment of constant screaming distractions. Lawyers don't do it. Surgeons don't do it.
I find it depends on the music:
A dot for this one
And if you're trying to convince your management that a noisy work environment is an unproductive one, I've found that the chapter on offices in "Rapid Development" lays out the case in a short, sucinct fashion suitable for educating managers.
I'm usually a headphones kinda girl; but I'm toting a faux-hawk at the moment which precludes wearing them.
If the company is run by hypersocials who refuse to believe that there are people who actually dislike loud, noisy places, then leave. There is no hope. It's genetic. They *can't* change.
fool for python
"All you mice buying headphones, why don't you go and tell your stupid managers to get a brain?"
I worked in one place where it was so noisy that I moved my desk into the data center. Sure, there was the sound of machinery, but not the sporadic bursts of sound that kill concentration.
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