Can you work with music/ noise?

@fluffysue (1463)
United States
August 19, 2008 6:39pm CST
I can't stand having a lot of noise or constant music when I work, and this is causing major problems for me at my job. The girls next to me insist on playing horrible music all day on most days. They basically ignore my requests to turn it off for awhile. I was essentially told by my manager that music was always played there before I started working there, and I have no right to ask anyone to turn it off. It is a shame, because I had really wanted to work there, and am finally at the point where I know what I'm doing, and could have seen myself working there for a long time. But this will seriously drive me insane, and I have to start looking for a new job AGAIN. This was always a problem for me, even in college, I could not study with music or the TV. And constant noise just makes me crazy. Does anyone else have this problem? How do you deal with noisy co-workers??
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@ersmommy1 (12600)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Wow I am sorry that is frustrating for you. Some function better with a certain amount of background noise. I am one of those. And since my daughter started school, I do work with a bit of music in the background. But I work from home. If I were in an office environment still, I would be more respectful. I hope you will be able to come to a compromise with your co-worker.
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@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
20 Aug 08
I wish I could work from home, that would solve all my problems! lol Thanks!
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@zer0charly (5618)
• Philippines
9 Oct 08
I can work not with a noise, but with the music. it helps me to think clearly, to relax, and to do more. too loud music is a noise for me. it bugs me, and can't think properly. I got pissed off if I do have a noisy surrounding.
• Philippines
19 Aug 08
If it's driving you insane, i suggest you better seek a professional. most people who are working (especially in the corporate world) would need diversion from pressure and stress...and not to anyone's surprise, music is the best stress reliever (well, at least in a workplace) i know it gets irritating when you are about to concentrate, but then you lose your attention because of the distraction. maybe it's the kind of music..maybe it's the repetitive playlist..maybe the time of the day that makes it inconvenient for you. and it's true that you can't make total elimination of music at work. it's the majority that can work under given environment. plus, that has been the practice even before you got in. and am pretty sure none of them would give in to your want. maybe you can compromise and let them know that you are becoming inefficient with your work because you easily get distracted. toning down the volume is one way of compromising. both parties win. am sure you can figure out what you can compromise on. =) i guess you should start learning multitasking. using more than two senses at the same time. =)
@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
20 Aug 08
Yes, it is mainly the type of music, and the repeitiveness, but also just the constant noise. I'm sure you didn't mean to offend, but the fact that I cannot concentrate with music does NOT mean I need professional help. It is a personality trait, not a mental problem. But thanks.
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
yep, i didnt mean any offense. when i said seek a professional i dint mean going to any psychiatrist. maybe just talk to some who know more about groups or organizations. and probably from there they can help you with how to deal with such, cuz you dnt want to get into trouble of your co workers disliking you or making decisions of quitting your job because of this, right? probably you can bring your i-pod, if you get sick of their playlist. that's what i do. good luck. don't let your good mood down, a'ryt? =)
@snowy22315 (51352)
• United States
19 Aug 08
Noise doesnt really bother me when i'm working. I think if i didnt like the music I would be annoyed though. I'm not sure what you can do to make the problem better only ask if there is somewhere else you could move to so you wouldnt be effected by the music. That might be the only thing you could do.
@fluffysue (1463)
• United States
20 Aug 08
Yeah unfortunately since there are only 4 in the department, there is nowhere for me to move to! I will be bringing in earplugs tomorrow, though.
@DaddyEvil (25814)
• Aurora, Missouri
23 Oct 16
It honestly depends on what I am doing whether I can put up with distractions or not... If you were to come to my home, you will hear the sighing of our central heat/air, the tapping of keys (usually only if you are standing in the doorway to Pretty's room because she has LONG fingernails and it sounds like hail on a tin roof when she types.) or the occasional shout from one of us to the other if we are working together (in our separate rooms) on a project (we edit manuscripts, sometimes hard copy, sometimes virtual copy). Something you will NEVER hear is music being played in our house unless a guest turns something on.... If a guest turns music on, neither of us will say anything for about half an hour and then I will ask if they own earbuds or a headset... and would they please use them... LOL! At work, my entire day is distractions and noise. I sell cell phones, both contract and non... No matter what I am doing, the other associates or customers believe it is okay to interrupt me with questions or stories that have little or no relevance to what I am attempting to work on/with. As long as I can continue to work with the distractions, I will. If I can't, I tell my department manager that I can't handle any more and she moves me into a private office or the conference room to finish what I am working on.
@kun2349 (23475)
• Singapore
9 Oct 08
When i was in school, i can always study while watching tv or listening to songs.. But as i grow older, i'm not able to do so anymore.. INstead of finding relaxation in them, i find them to be more of a noise pollution to me, affecting my concentration.. haha ^_^ The reason?? I will find myself unknowingly follwing the beat of the song and singing along with it.. lol =D Thus, in the end, i decide to do without any music so that i can concentrate better.. hehe
@Blondie2222 (22395)
• United States
5 Sep 08
We have the TV on at work all day long set on the country station it helps us focus more. And I deal with alot of noise at work too because I work in a hospital so theres kids n everything around. But when it gets really noisy then its hard 4 me to concentrate plus hearing what the patients our saying...Somedays can be really irritating!
@shamzy18 (2319)
20 Aug 08
hi i cant work with music either well in my case it is studying. but my friends always have their ipod on while studying. i cant do that its so annoying i cant concentrate. well since they play music even before you started you cant really do much, that is the way they work and you cant change it. so yeah best thing is to find a new job!! this time i hope you find a good one
@cripfemme (7715)
• United States
20 Aug 08
I'm the opposite of you, I can't write or work in silence. In fact, my writing suffered when my cable was turned off because I couldn't afford it. Luckily, I discovered audio books, internet music, and now my cable is (happily) on again. What I would do, in your case is speak up. Tell your coworker about the issues you have with her music. If it's really a problem, ask your supervisor to allow you to move to different cubicle.
@chiyosan (30204)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
i can work with music and a little noise, just a little noise, radio, or tv but i cannot work well if there are a lot of people talking, chatting or laughing.. that annoys me.
@Skylinr (118)
• Singapore
20 Aug 08
I'm sorry i can't help you out much. I find myself more able to study with my earphones plugged in. The reason being the amount of sound i'm exposed to is constant as opposed to random noises which distract me. By plugging in, i'm able to work without the randon noises. And when i'm plugged in and studying, i don't get distracted by the music mainly because i'm not listening to it all. Somehow, i was able to shut the music off from my mind.Perhaps because it's extremely familiar(i listen to them about 40times a day because i have a very short playlist) or maybe it just me. Not sure if it'll help but you might want to try my method.
• Kenya
20 Aug 08
personaly i enjoy working with music playing, infact i work harder. This depend on the work am doing if the work need more concentration i simply lowers the music to avoid any confusion.
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
I am ok with having music while I work but not loud music. Maybe just mellow ones so It won't disturb me much. I like music but I only play loud when theres just me around or if someone else enjoys it and just at home. I don't think playing loud music is good at work. I have this manager that plays hard loud music before the start of shift and he makes loud noises with him chatting with this other manager and it really irritates us because some of our clients we talk to on the phone hears them. I don't think it's proper at the work area. People can always use their headphones or earphones to maybe listen to music rather than having it loud that disturbs others who are working. Can't you say something to the girl sitting next to you that it disturbs you when she plays loud music? or maybe ask her to use a headset? I told my manager hes music is loud and he apologized but he still is loud at times and its really irritating.
• India
20 Aug 08
Hi, Even I am the same as you I cannot stand all those noises(rocking music) and also the tv adverts it seems to blast out and I have to mute it. I usually don prefer to lwatch tv while doing work because we maight lose cocnentration. But i do keep some mild music sometimes which is pleasent to hear.
• India
20 Aug 08
hai! working with music is real fun. it decreases our stress and gives mental relife . it is ok if it is a good music if its a noise i cant work in noisy environment. its like this we cant fully concentrate on what we are doing frustration, leads to angry and after that what happens god knows. i dont think people will be so mean like u say. dont leave the job its very hard to find one. try to comunicate and bring ur colleagues to ur way. be happy bye happy earnings...
@rjyuggy (102)
• Canada
20 Aug 08
yah! noise is sometimes a calm music to me.. sounds weird right? But if you can't stand it anymore...just go to a really private a very quite room. And you should recommend to the office that there should be a room for quite people and another room for noisy. Anyway, office is really noisy area, you can't refuse it!
• China
20 Aug 08
it depends on my mood. i like music, but not so creay, when i'm in bad mood, i can't bare any noise.
20 Aug 08
I'm the opposite, I work a lot better with some form of noise. I always studied with music on whilst in education, mainly as it made it easier for me to remember certain things. If I remembered whatever song was playing, it would often help to jog my memory what I'd been studying. We often have music on at work, not loudly, but the office is divided into sections, and luckily, all the people in our section like to have music on. The rest of the office aren't disturbed by it, so everyone's happy. If it really bothers you, could you move desks? Could you ask the girls to wear earphones for a short while in the day? Maybe you could wear earplugs to drown out the noise. Saying that, I always found that when I was working, I very rarely heard the music. Actually doing some work tended to block out the majority of the noise on a conscious level.
@shen25 (141)
• Philippines
20 Aug 08
i prefer music than noise while im working.. music makes me relax and noise is so irritable it doesn't help me to think of the things i do on my work..and sometimes Im having hard time to understand what im doing if their is noise..
20 Aug 08
I am sorry that you are bothered by the music. I do not think you will be able to find anywhere to work that is really quite. I enjoy some music if I am working but I work at home and can chose what I listen to. Have you tried using ear plugs. I know this may sound a bit silly but thet would bloke out most of the noise but you would know if someone came up to talk to you. I hope you find a solution.