I hate wearing headphones. They suck. I hate having to listen to something. However, the people in my work area are so fucking loud, it is just ridiculous. They have hour-long speaker phone conferences all fucking day. Sometimes they are so loud, I have difficulty listening to what is on the headphones, even at full, ear bleeding volume. No one, the people involved, nor the top management, including the CIO, understand the negative impacts, or if they do, they certainly don't care.
We have two offices currently going unused. I've begged top management to either move two of us "need quiet" people in there, or at least move the two loud fuckers who are on the speaker phone ALL FUCKING DAY to the offices. However, they refuse. Why? Because offices are for managers, and none of the people involved are managers. In the meantime, we have a low productivity environment and offices that are going unused. They've BEEN unused, since I got here - except for the 3 months that I was assigned to an office because I was doing "confidential" work. Once that project was over, I got put back in the noise infested shithole, for no reason other than "offices are for managers."
It's ridiculous. Headphones do not help. I can't wait to quit this fucking job - just as soon as it is convenient. In the meantime, I am working at 50% capacity (at best), because I can sit here for hours and not be able to concentrate enough to do any work.
On the upside - I've discovered the Alex Jones radio show and I can keep myself entertained all day.......except when it is too loud to hear, even with headphones.