Without any music to mask other noises, all I’d hear all day is people typing and chewing plus street noise. Music pushes those sounds into the background. We have Sonos for music on our first floor, which includes our larger community area, and I try to have a different type of music each day. For example, on days when I know several of our writers are in, they don’t want to hear music with words because it’s distracting. They’ll pick stations that are just instrumental, classical (although those tend to also do opera, which I personally can’t filter out) or some station in a foreign language.
Overall, people usually like the assorted programming on WXPN via TuneIn to the point that new members have specifically commented how varied and refreshing it is.
Members aren’t shy (finally!) about changing the station if it’s bugging them. Some folks use headphones, others head to one of the 2nd floor rooms for quiet. We do have phone rooms for privacy and when people don’t want background noise during a call.
And thanks Sergey, I’ll have to check out coffeepoint.
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On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 9:02 AM, Elizabeth Trice [email protected] wrote:
We have music at the front desk ambassador’s discretion, with the understanding that it should never impeded phone calls. We also have excellent white noise in both our “noisy” area and our “quiet zone”. I highly recommending having at least two sound zones. I visited one place in Boston that had 5, including a “deadline room” and a room full of people on the phone.
On Wednesday, October 21, 2015 at 1:26:27 PM UTC-4, Kaylyn Gelata wrote:
Hi all !
I am getting mixed member opinions about music in the coworking space. Some members LOVE it, and some find it “unprofessional” to have music on in the background and use headphone to block it out.
Personally, I find it way too quiet without some music on in the background, making it feel like a library… which we are not.
Do you have music in your coworking space?
Has anyone else had this difference in opinions? If so, what did you do to try to resolve it?
I know you can’t please everyone… I want to do what’s best for the majority! Thoughts?
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