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Posted 10/28/15
I would argue that there is a lot of us out here that are able to function a lot better when we have tunes in our ears. My question is does your job allow you to listen to music while you work? Mines doesn't and its annoying because I have no motivation to do it since it's so boring, and I can even't listen to music to liven things. I need a new job
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At my job it depends on what area you work in.

Back-office staff can listen to music while they work as long as it isn't disturbing anyone else. Front line employees have to content themselves with listening to whatever is on the TV behind them. While we're open for business, if we are walking around in sight of customers we can't have headphones or ear buds on.
Posted 10/28/15
Depends on the job. :/
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Posted 10/28/15 , edited 10/28/15
Depends on the job. The only job that should allow music is a job that doesn't require you to have to interact with people (customers or other employees), and doesn't require you to have 100% of your attention directed at your job without making a mistake. And there are very few jobs like this.

For instance, I had a temp assignment as an overnight stocker at a walmart that wasn't open for 24 hours. I was allowed to listen to music as long as I didn't play it loud enough to bother anyone on an isle next to me. If I had the same job during the day, customers would periodically come and ask me to direct them towards a certain item, and obviously I couldn't be of much help if I had music blasting in my ear and couldn't hear the customer directing the question at me.

On another instance, if I had a job at a factory that required me putting an essential piece of an item together, I'd need my attention directed at doing that job, rather than humming along to Alesana.

Also keep in mind that you may be responsible, but music is a privilege in most jobs, and its probably one of those that has been abused before.
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Posted 10/28/15

PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Depends on the job. :/


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Posted 10/28/15
I'm a software engineer so all I need to pay attention to in the office is when someone comes up to me and taps me on the shoulder. Everyone in my office except a couple of people listen to music/podcasts and some use big over-ear noise canceling headphones. As long as you do your job no one complains. I only use earphones, but I make sure to take them out when my manager passes by for respect just in case she needs to ask me something or tell me about a meeting to go to. If I were a manager I would want my employees to do the same.
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Posted 10/28/15 , edited 10/28/15

ayesharocks wrote:


PeripheralVisionary wrote:

Depends on the job. :/


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if the music is kareoke (no singing no lyrics) it's okay. some music has bad lyrics that others may find offensive.
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Posted 10/28/15 , edited 10/28/15
Yes it helps with mindless menial tasks and keeps you awake.
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Posted 10/28/15
As people said, depend on jobs. If you work with machines, then it would be hazardous.

At my work place, people listen to music or online radio while working. For me time fly by fast when I work while listen music.
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24 / F / Johnstown, PA, USA
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Posted 10/28/15
The job is a key factor, though I argue against machinery making it a no-no. Not necessarily, anyway.

About a week ago, I had been putting together photoeyes and going through inventory for roughly five days. A worker under a different supervisor had a radio. The music helped.
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Posted 10/28/15
We are allowed to listen to music while we work with the following conditions : we are not allowed to access the music via our phones or using work computers. Earbuds are a must. music must be low enough to respond to a fellow co-workers questions, Management prefers you only listen to music out of one ear.
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25 / F / Satellite Beach, FL
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Posted 10/28/15
It depends on the job. Sometimes it's appropriate...sometimes it's not.
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Posted 10/28/15
I do...

I also eat, stalk CR forums and read sports articles, take a 1 hour walk after a 1 hour lunch and get to curse like a sailor whenever I please.
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Posted 10/28/15
i work at a Montessori school so by our philosophy we always have calm quiet music in the background

when i worked in an office i often listened to music but never too loud in case the phone rang or something
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