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Listening to music at work

Introduction

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Listening to music, whether it be through speakers or headphones, is quite a common occurrence in the workplace. Manual workers such as builders, plumbers and labourers often listen to the radio throughout the day. Other professions such as programmers, designers and developers are often found working with headphones on listening to their favourite music or music which they claim helps them focus and be more productive. Even though this type of behaviour seems to be more common nowadays, there are still many people who believe listening to music while working is not only unprofessional, but also has a negative impact on the quality of work produced.

Vocabulary

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(most) likely (Adverb) = probably.
Example: “I think they will most likely vote against an increase in public health spending”.

Affect (Verb) = to have an influence on someone or something, or to cause them to change OR to cause a strong emotion, especially sadness.
Example: “We were concerned about how changing schools would affect the children”.

As a result of (something) (Phrase) = because of.
Example: “As a result of the bad weather the football match has been cancelled”.

Definitely (Adverb) = without any doubt.
Example: “This is definitely the best burger I've ever eaten!”.

Take (somebody/something) for granted (Phrase) = to not show that you are grateful for someone or something, and not remember that you are lucky to have it/them.
Example: “We shouldn't take this time we have together for granted”.

When it comes to… (Phrase) = used to introduce a new idea that you want to say something about.
Example: “When it comes to young children I think that they should focus less on exams.”.

The Question

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Should workers be allowed to listen to music whilst working?

Additional Questions

Keep the conversation going with these follow questions related to Listening to music at work
  • Do you like listening to music while you are working? why?
  • Do you think listening to music while working allows you to do a better job?
  • What type of music do you think is best to listen to while working?
  • What professions should definitely not listen to music while working?
  • Do you think listening to music when in the office is rude?

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