I work in a small room with 9 people, and the area is completely open (think school classroom). People are frequently having loud conversations and I am unable to concentrate when writing code (I am easily distracted). Asking my manager to relocate my desk is not an option, as there is no other openings.
Can someone make some suggestions on how to get work done in this office environment?
I have tried the following:
- Headphones - I find myself focusing on the music at this point and still have a hard time concentrating. I also find that I need to turn up the volume really far to drown out people.
- White Noise - This worked better than music, but I still hear conversation a decent amount.
I am currently considering the following:
- Bose Noise Cancelling headphones - Unfortunately I have read they only cancel low frequencies. Can anyone confirm?
- Ear plugs - Though I'm afraid that this would 'offend' people in an office environment. Anyone have any thoughts about this? Thanks!