Re: headphones in Histology

From:Cynthia Tily <>

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From: Gayle Callis <>
To: Teri Johnson <>; <>
Sent: Tuesday, February 06, 2001 11:22 AM
Subject: Re: headphones in Histology

> 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
> 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
> 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
> >seems everybody likes a different radio station and it's difficult to
> >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
> 406 994-6367
> 404 994-4303 (FAX)

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