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News you can use | Ways to cope with office noise

News you can use | Ways to cope with office noise
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First Published: Sun, Jan 23 2011. 08 38 PM IST

Updated: Sun, Jan 23 2011. 08 38 PM IST
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.
©2011/the new york times
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First Published: Sun, Jan 23 2011. 08 38 PM IST