How You Can Get Your Boss to Let You Wear Headphones on the Job

Dear Office Mom,
My boss told me to stop wearing headphones at work, but I use them to drown out noise at work. What should I do?
— Tuned Out
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Image Credit: Pexels

Hi Tuned Out,

You use the word headphones, so do you mean headphones or earbuds? Headphones are in your face, while earbuds are much more discreet. Regardless, I would go to the boss and ask for his/her help. Explain why you wear the headphones. Explain how noise interferes with your concentration and productivity. Tell the boss what you’re listening too. Is it white noise or is there a concert between your ears? Mention it also keeps coworker interruptions to a minimum because that wrecks your output too, and/or increases your potential for errors. If possible, try to quantify whatever it is. Maybe you will get permission, the boss will consider how to minimize noise in general, or you can move your workspace to a quieter space. I hope this helps!

xo

Yom

Originally published on Quora

You use the word headphones, so do you mean headphones or earbuds? Headphones are in your face, while earbuds are much more discreet. Regardless, I would go to the boss and ask for his/her help. Explain why you wear the headphones. Explain how noise interferes with your concentration and productivity. Tell the boss what you’re listening too. Is it white noise or is there a concert between your ears? Mention it also keeps coworker interruptions to a minimum because that wrecks your output too, and/or increases your potential for errors. If possible, try to quantify whatever it is. Maybe you will get permission, the boss will consider how to minimize noise in general, or you can move your workspace to a quieter space. I hope this helps!

xo

Yom

Originally published on Quora

You use the word headphones, so do you mean headphones or earbuds? Headphones are in your face, while earbuds are much more discreet. Regardless, I would go to the boss and ask for his/her help. Explain why you wear the headphones. Explain how noise interferes with your concentration and productivity. Tell the boss what you’re listening too. Is it white noise or is there a concert between your ears? Mention it also keeps coworker interruptions to a minimum because that wrecks your output too, and/or increases your potential for errors. If possible, try to quantify whatever it is. Maybe you will get permission, the boss will consider how to minimize noise in general, or you can move your workspace to a quieter space. I hope this helps!

xo

Yom

Originally published on Quora

You use the word headphones, so do you mean headphones or earbuds? Headphones are in your face, while earbuds are much more discreet. Regardless, I would go to the boss and ask for his/her help. Explain why you wear the headphones. Explain how noise interferes with your concentration and productivity. Tell the boss what you’re listening too. Is it white noise or is there a concert between your ears? Mention it also keeps coworker interruptions to a minimum because that wrecks your output too, and/or increases your potential for errors. If possible, try to quantify whatever it is. Maybe you will get permission, the boss will consider how to minimize noise in general, or you can move your workspace to a quieter space. I hope this helps!

xo

Yom

Originally published on Quora