Headphones in the office isn’t rude – you’re just using them wrong

It’s a dilemma faced by office workers around the world: what is the etiquette for using headphones at your desk? Immersing yourself in music and shutting yourself off from the sounds of photocopiers and chatter can help you focus and get work done – but don’t you look a little rude if you can’t hear when someone is talking to you?

Now the starched collars at Debrett’s, the 250-year-old etiquette guide, have come in with their junk. His advice? Don’t use them. Ever. Under penalty of death.

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