Brits plug in MP3 players at work
[ 2006-11-01 09:05 ]
An Apple iPod music and
video player is shown in an October 2006
Nearly a quarter of British workers plug in their MP3 players to listen
to music while on the job -- sparking lively debate over whether they
should be banned, a study said.
Over 30 percent of companies have outlawed using devices like the
ubiquitous iPod in the workplace, according to Woods Bagot, an
international design practice.
"By wearing the highly-visible, white headphones, they're ... sending a
signal to colleagues that they don't want to be bothered," said Simon
Pole, head of the company's head of corporate interiors.
According to the study, 22 percent of workers spend an average of three
hours per day listening to MP3 players.
But some argue that the trend is only natural: previously workers were
physically separated by walls, whereas offices are increasingly open-plan
nowadays, pushing them to erect new barriers.
"The MP3 player is the simplest way to create your own office," said
And Cary Cooper, professor of organization psychology at Lancaster
University, and author of "Shut up and Listen: The Truth About How to
Communicate at Work," said bans were counter-productive.
"Employers are wrong to ban MP3 players from the workplace. It's
crucial to give workers autonomy, and bans of any sort can alienate
workers," he said.
"Bosses shouldn't care about how employees accomplish their objectives
or if they want to engross themselves in MP3 players -- as long as the job
gets done," he added.
outlaw : to place under a ban;
prohibit（禁止；如：to outlaw smoking in the house 室内禁止吸烟）