A Mumbai resident recently posted on Reddit about the restriction his workplace imposed on wearing headphones while on the job. The company prohibits employees using headphones while they’re working as it distracts them from paying attention to their task at hand. The employees have perceived it as an unjustifiable restriction.
Each work environment establishes its own guidelines and protocols, devised by the human resources (HR) department. Occasionally, employees express discontent with certain restrictions, deeming them excessively strict. Similarly, this Reddit user identified as ‘chinmaysonlyfans’ posted a screenshot of the notice and inquired about the opinions of HR personnel in Mumbai, stating his annoyance with the ban on wearing headphones during work hours.
“Hello Everyone, We’ve noticed that many of you are using headphones while working. Unfortunately, this means that you don’t have your full attention on the task at hand and we’ve seen a dip in the quality of work that is being completed. Our clients have also raised issues with us regarding deadlines not being met and tasks not being finished on time. We kindly ask everyone refrains from using headphones while working to ensure that productivity remains at its highest level. This will help us stay on track with our client’s expectations as well as meet our own deadlines,” the notice read.
Numerous individuals concurred with the Reddit user and found the ban on wearing headphones during work to be unjustifiable. Many have expressed their opinions and views on this decision calling it a strange notice. According to them, using headphones is also a way to concentrate for some employees as it helps them tune out any nearby distractions or chit chat.
One user proposed sarcastically that they should attend meetings at maximum volume, especially when discussing clients’ sensitive information. “If questioned, merely forward the email from HR that instructed us not to use headphones,” he added.
One of the users shared their own experience where the employer used to collect everyone’s phone in the morning to keep them from scrolling social media during working hours. “They’d keep the phones stored till lunch time or till the end of the day. It ended up being a major failure,” he said.
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