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Should Earbuds Be Allowed in the Workplace?

May 12, 2023


In many different types of workplaces, employees wear earbuds or headphones throughout the day. Should employers allow them to? The answer depends on the employer’s industry, as there may be safety concerns and worries about diminished collaboration; but also the possibility that earbuds help workers focus and boost retention.

“As younger generations enter the workforce, it is important for employers to recognize that personal technology device use in the workplace is only going to grow more common. As such, it is important that employers get ahead of the curve when developing policies on the use of technology like earbuds and headphones in their workplace,” said Hogan Crosby, an attorney with Adams and Reese in New Orleans.

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