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rachellenore:
Background: I work retail in a stock room with 5-8 coworkers and supervisor is in and out of it all day. There are three speakers throughout he room which play preprogrammed music setlists at random. We hear the same songs once a day every day.

One of my coworkers who works in a corner away from others has started to play music on her phone outloud, and also turns the work radio down so she can hear hers better. The rest of us can't hear her music clearly, it mixes with the work radio. So it's a loud cacophony.

Would you lovely ladies be bothered by this or was I just in a bad mood today?

amylouky:
That would drive me batty, and I'd have to go to her (or a supervisor) and ask that she not turn down the work radio, and wear headphones so that her music didn't mix with the other music.
I'm weird about sounds when working, I can't tune them out and I wouldn't be able to handle that at all.

snowdragon:

--- Quote from: amylouky on February 14, 2013, 01:27:07 PM ---That would drive me batty, and I'd have to go to her (or a supervisor) and ask that she not turn down the work radio, and wear headphones so that her music didn't mix with the other music.
I'm weird about sounds when working, I can't tune them out and I wouldn't be able to handle that at all.

--- End quote ---

This.  I would have a headache that drove me to tears very quickly. 

Coley:
On one hand, the pre-programmed set lists would bug me after a while, so I can empathize with the coworker for wanting to listen to something else. (I don't listen to commercial radio anymore because I find the repetitive programming to be bothersome.)

On the other hand, it sounds like she is turning her music up so it's drowning out the pre-programmed music for herself, which is creating a problem for others around her. Not okay, IMO. This would also bother me tremendously. I'd have trouble concentrating.

I agree with amylouky that headphones or earbuds could be a solution. That or she needs to turn her music down. I'm not sure she should control the volume of the pre-programmed music. That strikes me as somewhat entitled. I'd go to her first and suggest some compromises with empathy for her situation -- she must be tired of the piped-in music. If she refused to compromise, I'd take it to a supervisor. Depending on the supervisor's response, I might bring in my own music and headphones.

Another solution might be to let everyone take turns throughout the day to play their preferred music.

Zilla:
Did she ask if she could do this?  If she didn't, I would approach her and tell her that you rather hear the general music.  If she did and no one disagreed, I say you are stuck with it or still approach her and say you changed your mind and that it's too discordant to your ears.

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