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Is it usual to not be allowed to use headphones/earbuds at work?

We cant at our offfice atleast. The explination was that IF clients come by the offfice it looks like we are having a lan party! 😂

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  • 19
    Wtf, disobey.
  • 31
    Really? Unless you really like your job, get a new one. Places with stupid rules like this are usually no good.
  • 2
    This is the only complaint i have, as soon as iam done with my degree i will move, until then i think i will endure!
  • 6
    No headphones at work!!! You seriously need a better place... Or better rulemakers
  • 3
    Fuck those controlling assholes. They're fucking twats who just want to be in control. Puh! They make me sick!
  • 2
    https://devrant.com/rants/1992907/...

    This might give you some peace of mind
  • 2
    @TheSlug What a fucking idiot of a manager.
  • 3
    Without headphones I would not be able to join conference calls. That policy would be a nonstarter right away for me.
  • 5
    *brings huge JBL speaker to work*
  • 2
    @olback I've seen this rule also when I worked on a local graphic design place. A fkin graphic design job where I can't listen to music to do art. I got out of that work because of that exact problem, I was getting sleepy at 10AM, after only 1hr of being alone in a silent office. Not possible for me.
  • 0
    When I worked as a consultant we were told to not listen to music on earbuds/headphones while working because it made us look "unapproachable".
  • 0
    since i work in open office, earbuds/earphones are must! a must!
  • 5
    @bahua

    Manager: "You were wearing earbuds, against policy"
    bahua: "I was on a conference call"
    Manager: "You were nodding your head constantly and singing 'yeah' under your breath"
    bahua: "I was agreeing with everyone"
  • 1
    Time to bust out the Bluetooth speaker!
  • 1
    @JustThat

    The man or woman on the call was saying things with which I agreed fervently! What?
  • 1
    Because of this rule, I didn't join a company I was eyeing on. Saw a review on Glassdoor that they don't allow usage of headphone and some other bullshit rules.

    These rules just suck.
  • 3
    @returnN

    Yeah, I have been approached many times for a job with a competing company, and ruled them out out of hand because of quality of life issues like this. Restricted network usage, dress code, headphone use, car culture, windows, draconian work-from-home policy, etc. If I'm in need of a job, I will loosen up on these issues, but I absolutely will not switch jobs to a company that abides them from where I am now.
  • 0
    I don't even get it. Wearing a suit, wearing headphones, no cell-phones. Ugh. I just don't get it. Are these fucking managers non-IT people? What the fuck do they think this is? Retail? Insurance selling? PR? WHAT THE FUCK? We don't deal with any-fucking-body, but the computer in front of us. Most of us don't even go to the fucking demos, so suits make no sense. Jesus...
  • 0
    @bahua Car culture?
  • 1
    @JustThat

    Yeah, having to use a car to get to work, and little accommodation or consideration, if any, for people who would prefer not to drive.
  • 1
    @kescherRant well... I know! But my hands are tied and I'll have to follow his 'orders', right?
  • 0
    @bahua Is that due to where the office is located (i.e. away from other modes of transport) or due to the company giving perks to those who do drive?

    Honestly, I've never heard of this before so I'm curious.
  • 2
    @JustThat

    It's very often because the office is located in a far-flung place that's really only accessible by vehicle. I count that in car culture, as a great number of people (probably the majority) wouldn't think twice about it, and would be jarred to hear that it's inconvenient, or even difficult for someone. I have worked these jobs before, and spent years doing so, and I hated the driving, and I hated the impact on the environment this had from hundreds of people making the drive every day. The bitter irony too is that several of these far-flung locations were touted as being, "green," through some official standard of environmental sustainability("LEED" here in the US) which was of course completely obviated by the hundreds of hours of combustion engine run time required to get all the employees there and back every day.

    But like I said, I've worked these jobs before, because when push comes to shove, I prioritize my own livelihood above environmental concerns. I know that about myself, and it makes me mad. I have been extremely fortunate for the last six years to have a commute that is 100% car-free. I ride my bike to the train station and take the train downtown to get to work. It's a colossal quality of life issue for me, and it will take either a really attractive offer or great hardship to get me to take a job without it.
  • 2
    @bahua Thanks for the explanation! I agree 100%. Though, aside from working from home, I've not had a job I can get to without driving since I moved to the Atlanta area.

    In NYC, I took the train and walked most of the time.
  • 2
    This used to be the case in my workplace a few years back for all employees.

    I was the most senior person on site for the Devs so I allowed them to wear ear phones and no one could really argue with me. It was an open plan noisy office and I want going to deny them anything that would unnecessary distract them.

    The company has since trialled and allowed the rest of the workforce to wear earphones as they saw productivity went up when they did.
  • 2
    @rutee07 @MrWouter @jeeper a marshall full stack 100W guitar amp would be the bare minimum 😏
  • 1
    @frickerg I wanna ROCK
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