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Guy I work with is playing music in the office

Partner is out of the office and guy is playing his music on his phone

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Partner okayed 'very quiet' music in his absence. I'm going stir crazy, I can't bloody concentrate. Don't have the heart to tell him to shut the [****] up. It's [****] house music. 

 

What would you do? He 'needs the music to be productive'

 

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Slim
By Slim
27th Aug 2020 10:01

Headphones for crying out loud!

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By bernard michael
27th Aug 2020 10:05

1.Develop a stronger heart
2.Tell the partner it's making you less productive
3. Give him a smack

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By DJKL
27th Aug 2020 10:10

Mr Phone I would like you to meet Mr Hammer .

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By Rammstein1
27th Aug 2020 10:12

Headphones are the answer.

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By Wanderer
27th Aug 2020 10:19

Advise your boss that if the employee is listening to music at work then the company can expect large, backdated, bills from PRS & MCPS.

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By SouthCoastAcc
27th Aug 2020 10:35

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Advise your boss that if the employee is listening to music at work then the company can expect large, backdated, bills from PRS & MCPS.

With how aggressive they are that's not a joke!

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By indomitable
28th Aug 2020 13:11

Best advice yet!

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By gainsborough
27th Aug 2020 10:24

(a) Tell him to use headphones or play better music or (b) drown out the sound with your own music via headphones (perhaps some angry Linkin Park or Chili Peppers might then inspire you to do (a)).

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By Paul D Utherone
27th Aug 2020 10:42

Headphones, except of course he then needs things throwing at him when his office phone rings & he doesn't hear it

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By Harsh
27th Aug 2020 10:43

Ask him to stop. If he doesn't complain to the partner. If he won't stop voluntarily or use headphones it's a form of workplace bullying and you need to get it stamped out pronto.

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By John Isabel
27th Aug 2020 11:01

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Ask him to stop. If he doesn't complain to the partner. If he won't stop voluntarily or use headphones it's a form of workplace bullying and you need to get it stamped out pronto.

Its a form of 'workplace bullying'. Really?

I believe that is exactly the type of comment our (interim) editor in chief wants around here. Congratulations.

Personally I find it completely ridiculous that being annoying in the office could be compared to bullying, but life is indeed a rich tapestry eh?

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By winton50
27th Aug 2020 11:15

Although to be fair it could be just one thing on the spectrum of bullying that this person is doing.

If it is part of a campaign of harassment when the partner isn't looking then yes, it could be bullying.

But I still think they should grow a pair. We can't expect other people to sort stuff out for us all the time

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
27th Aug 2020 11:26

Agreed, being annoying is totally different to bullying. You're crying wolf, Harsh.

OP, if this noise nuisance is driving you nuts here's what you can do to feel better:

* Develop flu-like symptoms and put your feet up for a fortnight
* Buy a cell phone signal blocker
* Put something awful into his coffee
* Bend the pins on his charger
* Poke something hard into his charging point

The last three moves should only be attempted when Mr Noisy is out of the room.

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By Duggimon
27th Aug 2020 11:28

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I believe that is exactly the type of comment our (interim) editor in chief wants around here. Congratulations.

In the wake of the recent affirmation of the site rules, the posting that most needs stamping out is this rubbish.

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By Wilson Philips
27th Aug 2020 11:58

J S Bell Ltd? Aye, right.

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By John Isabel
27th Aug 2020 13:42

That's not the full name of my company. I have used only the initials of the first two words to retain some degree of privacy ;-)

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By AndyC555
28th Aug 2020 10:05

"Its a form of 'workplace bullying'."

Probably. Anything is these days. Heard on the radio that the use of 'full stops' in texts can be considered aggressive. No, seriously. (sorry about that full stop). Oops, done it again

https://metro.co.uk/2020/08/24/full-stops-intimidate-young-people-seem-a...

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By winton50
27th Aug 2020 10:44

You could always grow a pair instead of [***] about it on a website.

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By John Isabel
27th Aug 2020 11:01

Whilst absolutely correct, this is not the type of comment that will endear you to John's ego

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By Wilson Philips
27th Aug 2020 12:46

Neither, I suggest, will your username ;¬)

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By memyself-eye
27th Aug 2020 11:07

'whingeing' has more than three asterixes

or is that asteri......

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By MuayThai
27th Aug 2020 11:15

You could always grow hair on your head instead of posting pics of your slaphead on the internet for everyone to see

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
27th Aug 2020 11:28

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You could always grow hair on your head instead of posting pics of your slaphead on the internet for everyone to see

Ouch! Now that's proper bullying!

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By John Isabel
27th Aug 2020 11:39

It's tea-spittingly funny though.

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By Lone_Wolf
27th Aug 2020 12:48

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You could always grow hair on your head instead of posting pics of your slaphead on the internet for everyone to see


Bald Lives Matter you horrible hairist.
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By Red Leader
27th Aug 2020 12:54

You are so woke.

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By winton50
27th Aug 2020 16:58

Nice to see the forum hard case has emerged from his mum's basement

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By the_drookit_dug
27th Aug 2020 11:12

Fight back. A bit of "Sull'aria" from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" on full blast like the scene from the Shawshank Redemption (see link) would initiate a discussion on the matter of music in the workplace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzuM2XTnpSA

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By winton50
27th Aug 2020 11:12

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Fight back. A bit of "Sull'aria" from Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro" on full blast like the scene from the Shawshank Redemption (see link) would initiate a discussion on the matter of music in the workplace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzuM2XTnpSA

Good call

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By DJKL
27th Aug 2020 11:38

With Spotify (two plus points of currently having my son at home, he pays for Netflix and Spotify) you can create a playlist that nobody can get mad about.

As a starting point I suggest:

Walking on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves
Wouldn't it be Nice-Beach Boys

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By John Isabel
27th Aug 2020 11:41

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Walking on Sunshine-Katrina and the Waves
Wouldn't it be Nice-Beach Boys

This place is rather more like Annie Lennox's "walking on broken glass" these days......

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By DJKL
27th Aug 2020 12:01

Why.

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By I'msorryIhaven'taclue
27th Aug 2020 11:42

Add Frank Ifield's "She taught me how to yodel" to that playlist!

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By DJKL
27th Aug 2020 12:26

Here is a third from me, given there's a Guy works down the office who's a Wally it seems appropriate:

There's a Guy Works down the Chip Shop Swears He's Elvis- Kirsty McColl

The alternative, if you have Spotify, is if you search "office" you can get eight office background/ambience tracks- hours of fun for the whole family.

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By mbee1
27th Aug 2020 11:47

Ask the partner if the practice has a Performing Rights Licence. Technically it should have one if music is being played.

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By Wycher
27th Aug 2020 12:15

I thought PRS was only due when music was played loud enough for customers to hear, assuming he turns it down when clients are in or ring not sure PRS required, that being said maybe an alternative play list could include The Damned "Smash it up" as an indication of future events if it continues too loudly.

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By Batty Girl
27th Aug 2020 20:25

I think you need a PRS/PPL licence if anyone else can hear the music - even other colleagues. I seem to remember years ago I worked at a manufacturing firm, and the stores guy was allowed his radio on if he turned it off as soon as anyone else (including other employees) came into the stores.
We have quite a few clients who have them - I think it's less expensive if there are no customers to hear it, but you still need one.

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By mushroom_dept
28th Aug 2020 10:47

Nope, you definitely need to pay for a licence if the music can be heard by other employees.

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By frankfx
27th Aug 2020 16:19

Receive a fake call from the partner.
In ear shot of colleague.
Ad lib loss of hearing due to music.
Shout at colleague , frequently,
to turn down the volume.
Partner should hear your distress.
Or not, perhaps?
Could have loads of fun with this.
Have video call with partner, you should have pillows for ear plugs in full view.
Send petty cash disbursement request for said ear pieces.

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Richard Hattersley
By Richard Hattersley
27th Aug 2020 16:39

A former colleague (I won't name names) used to listen to music using noise-cancelling wireless headphones. Occasionally the blue tooth wouldn't connect and the music would blast out into the office.

But the one time that stands out the unnamed colleague was listening to Cher's 'Believe'. As was the whole office. Not that there is anything wrong with Cher. Who doesn't love 'if I can turn back time'? Any one? It's just this colleague would mainly listen to edgy indie music.

After a couple of minutes, we had to get their attention. I'd never seen anyone scramble to reconnect the bluetooth as fast as they did.

P.S I've spotted some argy-bargy comments in this thread. Less name calling, please.

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By Lone_Wolf
28th Aug 2020 14:02

How is Tom these days?

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By John Isabel
18th Sep 2020 10:50

More to the point, does he want to come back? Some of us would be extremely grateful.

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By rawa363
28th Aug 2020 10:04

If all the above fails, buy yourself a pair of noise cancelling headphones, they will do the trick.

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Red Leader
By Red Leader
28th Aug 2020 11:08

There's no way I would be able to stand this. Words would be said.

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