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How do you guys focus on workpapers with all the gossip and just small chatter that goes on around us? I find it to be extremely distracting. I want to use headphones, but that looks bad to the client

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The secret is to be married, I have found that after 10 years of marriage I am capable of blocking anything that is going around me completely out.

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We all use headphones and so does the client

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That’s why I dislike working in team / conference rooms. I try to work at a desk or from home as often as possibe

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Ask your senior or manager if it’s okay to put your headphones on, especially if it is after hours or the client has left for the day. Also, you may want to bring up the “chatter” distraction to your senior and/or manager. If it is distracting you then it could also be distracting to the client.

Are you in an open area or does your team sit in an EY room? I would wear headphones but if you can position your chair so that you can see people trying to talk to you so they don’t get annoyed by the headphone use. I don’t think the client should be annoyed as long as you’re kind of aware of what’s going on around you. People get annoyed with headphones when it’s impossible to get your attention (I can be guilty of this)

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