I think that a love of music is pretty universal. Music in general, that is; once you get into types of preferences, there can be heated discussions. This type over that type, the volume, the method of delivery. Sometimes this argument is more about power struggle than like/dislike of music itself.
Imagine a movie without a soundtrack, realize how rare it is to go into a store without music playing. Music affects mood and energy, underscores a message. But it can be very contentious in a work place; back to the preferences – not only of type but also of volume. Because even with headphones, there can be issues.
As a manager, there is also the problem of getting the attention of the person plugged into headphones, without scaring them. (It always makes me wonder if this person can hear their phone ring, too.)
Personally while I love music, I don’t feel the need to drown out my current environment. I have never listened to music at work, and I listen to natural sounds when I go for a walk. I get that it isn’t for everybody, but suggest that you try it out. Especially if your office has music wars.
Does your office have music wars? Why? How are they resolved?
Is music played in your office? How is the type decided? How do you feel about that?
Music can be a uniting factor or a dividing one. Back to where I started this post, music is generally appreciated, therefore a uniting factor. It is in the details, just like with so many other things in life, that music gets mucked up.
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