A sign of the times… A study of over 800 people completed last month by AVSForum.com (a group of audio-visual experts) reveals that 72 percent of people working in an open floor plan wear headphones at times, while 66 percent that work in closed off cubicles do so.
What it might not cross your mind, if you wear headphones at work, your co-workers are thinking about you and forming opinions. Chances are, you’re probably sending the exact message that you want to: “Leave me alone.” But there are also unintended perceptions being created. When employees in the study were asked what impression co-workers give off when wearing headphones, here were the responses:
- Want to be left alone: 27 percent
- Focused: 22 percent
- Busy: 17 percent
- Love music/music quality: 16 percent
- Rude/pretentious: 9 percent
Another interesting take-away… 33 percent of respondents admitted to wearing headphones in a covert attempt to listen in on other people’s conversations! Here are more insights from the study…
Overall… those who wore headphones at work did so to appear more productive. Indeed, some studies indicate music can help workers concentrate, especially on repetitive tasks. This is, in fact, the top reason younger workers wear headphones: because it helps them to be more focused and productive.
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