We have an open-office policy at work.
While this conveys collaboration and transparency, they are difficult on ears and concentration.
…Speaker phone conversations
…Voices in the cubicles.
…Sounds generated by co-workers.
There is no getting away from these sounds and other ‘white noise’ that constantly and consistently intrude into one’s flow of thought.
There are ways we can create sound buffers – listen to music or use apps that help obscure distracting sounds.
The best thing however that we can all do: let us remember that we, too, generate sounds that intrude on our fellow team mates.
Let us keep our voice down, our music low and “make noise unto others as we would have them make noise unto us”