Leave office doors open! Lower the cubicle walls! We know, open work spaces are a rage, and a good way to encourage collaboration, but what do you do about the irritating noise? Here are some ideas from Harvard Business Revie w on how to drown out the racket and stay focused:
•Put on a headset. Music may be too distracting, try talk-radio turned low. The babble of voices can make a good sound absorber. Or try one of the many free, Web-based white-noise generators.
•Get a white-noise machine.They’re mainly marketed as sleep aids, but you can use them in the office too. Place one next to your desk or at the open door to your office.
• Keep it down.You also generate noise that may bother others. Remember that the next time you pick up the phone or have a desk-side conversation.
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