Back to the office: Seven ways to stay focused at a noisy workplace

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Many people have returned to their office after months of working from home during the pandemic. While some are thrilled to no longer be juggling job, homeschooling and childcare, others quickly chafe at familiar distractions from co-workers, be it the clacking keyboards, nearby conversations or even someone biting noisily into an apple. The employer is ultimately responsible for keeping the workplace as quiet as possible, says Dr Anette Wahl-Wachendorf, vice president of the Association of German Occupational Physicians (VDBW). In Germany, for example, workplace guidelines limit the noise lev…

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