Q & A

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Q. A coworker in my office plays music on a CD player throughout the day. Many times the music is distracting or even offensive to me. It’s most annoying when she sings along. Other coworkers seem to enjoy the music. Is this appropriate in the office?

A. When working in an office environment, we need to be aware of our surroundings so we don’t disturb the work of others. We are after all getting paid to work and be productive. When speaking on the phone we should keep our voices lowered. If music is allowed in the office, it should be played at a volume only the listener can hear. You should ask your coworker to please turn the volume down. It’s possible she doesn’t realize how loud it is.


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