Re: headphones in Histology

From:Gayle Callis <uvsgc@montana.edu>

This message hits home especially in my lab today after a move to another
area with more people in lab.   Musical preferences vary greatly, and can
be very annoying/irritating to those who dislike a particular station.  If
radio music is a source of irritation, this could be detrimental to work
production eventually since you can't escape a radio playing.  People need
non stressful work conditions.
   
One laboratory supervisor, some years ago, had this problem, people
fighting over what radio station to listen to, cytotechs sitting a
microscopes were working in an area close to histo group.  He permitted
people to work with headphones/their musical choices. Peace was restored
along with work productivity.

1.	Headphones can be used so normal conversation/other sounds get through.
	Been there, done that!

2.	Agree with comments about hearing impaired, are they a safety risk?  

3.	Plugging into my headphones today to escape a radio constantly playing
the same tunes over and over - I need to ESCAPE this onslaught.    

One observation about headphone users is a reluctance by others who want to
ask them something.  The askers) tend to backoff, as headphones can
indicate do not interrupt/privacy boundaries.  Headphone users have to be
aware this is not the case IF IT IS UNDERSTOOD and VOLUME IS LOW, they have
to respond to people wanting to talk to them. 

If headphones are ultimately not allowed, then radios should be banned
also.  I would rather have total silence than music that wears me down, ad
nauseum.  

My 25 cents worth, off to my CD/radio player.     



At 07:23 AM 2/6/01 -0600, you wrote:
>I agree with this view as well.  The problem with having the radio on is it
>seems everybody likes a different radio station and it's difficult to find
>something everyone can agree on.  As long as everybody understands the
>"rules" I don't see this to be much of a problem.
>
>-Teri Johnson
>Physicians Reference Laboratory
>Overland Park, KS
>

Gayle Callis
Veterinary Molecular Biology
Montana State University - Bozeman
Bozeman MT 59717-3610

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