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Peter Hsu
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Joined: Aug 25, 2006
Posts: 72
Out company's network is now "protected" under "fortiguard"
Youtube, internet radio, everything is gone.

These days, everybody is doing it. It's like if a company is not doing it, they are missing out or something.

I don't allow any distraction to myself when I am writing new code. However, when debuging, (which is a huge portion of my work), I have to listen to something interesting to keep myself to be bored out of my mind. I found out today that I have forgotten how do debug without listening to stuff.

You might say I am not being paid to listen to those stuff.
BUT I am not being paid to sit here for 8 hours straight without distraction either.
I am paid to do the work that is assigned to me.

You say these stuff distract me.
I would reply, if I can't finish my work, you are free to fire me.

Removing "distractions" would increase productivity is just your assumption.
Everyone works differently.

We all know. This isn't about work ethics. This is about the power that be reaching for more control.

I am not going to bother trying to hack my way back to my entertainment. It's not worth the risk.

I may be done with my headphone at work. I have accepted this.

All of this, is just some meaningless drivel...
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 41155
MP3 player no good?

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Peter Hsu
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Joined: Aug 25, 2006
Posts: 72
Ulf Dittmer wrote:MP3 player no good?

Maybe I should buy one.

I like to listen to news, so radio...

Oh wait... Maybe that's deemed too distracting and unethical as well? It's basically the same thing...
Ulf Dittmer

Joined: Mar 22, 2005
Posts: 41155
I think there's a difference between listening to music and listening to the news; for the latter the mind needs to be engaged on a conscious level, thereby diminishing attentiveness to the task at hand. Music, OTOH, can be stimulating without requiring a conscious effort; I have no problem with people doing that at work.
Peter Hsu
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Joined: Aug 25, 2006
Posts: 72
I agree there's a difference. That's why if the task require a certain level of attention, I would stop listening to anything.

Also, there are times even though I have a news clip on, I am not really listening to it and not really absorbing it. There's something psychological about it, I want some noise while I work. I may play even the same news clip a couple of times. It's really not that I want to learn some news when I am programming. I know it's hard to explain. The deal is, I shouldn't have to explain this to anyone.

The key is to trust people that they know what they are doing and they are not purposefully slacking off. I can honestly say whatever I listen does not negatively affect my overall productivity. If someone claim the opposite, I would argue the person is overreaching. We are all adults. It's just that some people have this authoritarian belief in them and feel that if everyone is under his/her control things will run a lot better.

And I strongly dislike that
Jeanne Boyarsky
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Portable radio with headset can do the news. As can a smartphone. Your property not your employers.

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Pat Farrell

Joined: Aug 11, 2007
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I worked at a startup where the company provided headphones and required us to listen to music. We were in a giant room, it was much too noisy for serious thinking, without the music to block out the noise.

Given a choice, I do serious work in total silence. No music, no phones, no people talking. Which is why I do a lot of work from 10PM until 3AM, when the house is quiet after the family goes to sleep.

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