Headphones: a disturbance in the workforce?

If you thought headphones were on your side in the fight against workplace disturbances, think again. While allowing employees to listen to music or podcasts (or Darth Vader reading the Bible) has been shown to increase individual employee productivity, it can also be seen as causing a great disturbance in the (work) force.

And why do you think that is?  Hey, I just asked you a question.  Oh, you have your ear buds in.  Sorry.  Didn’t mean to bother you.

According to a recent Forbes article, office workers are becoming increasingly detached from one and other which, in author of It’s Always Personal: Emotions in the New Workplace Anne Kreamer’s words, can result in “a huge and real loss in terms of career development.”

Click here for more from Forbes on the subject.

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