I often work in an open office which can be somewhat distracting. Many people at my office listen to music with headphones to help them drown out the background noise and improve their concentration. I am among those people.
The problem is that my taste in music is... Well, imagine a parallel universe in which Sir Mix-A-Lot and Vanilla Ice are near the apex of musical culture. It's not even music so much as a telepathic assault on good taste delivered via sound. A portal to this universe exists in the depths of Spotify, and this tear in the fabric of reality should be sealed for the good of all human kind, but in the meantime, I shall listen at the edge of this abyss.
Let's assume that I'm going to keep listening to it because I am totally addicted to it. It's like heroin, the first time you encounter it, you vomit, but then you're hooked. I realize that this path probably leads me to life as a concubine at a large cat rescue shelter, but hopefully I can delay that as long as possible.
My question is: How can I best minimize the impacts of this upon my career?
- I already only listen via headphones.
- I never mention anything to my colleagues about it.
- I avoid skipping tracks or opening the UI at all when I know someone is looking at my screen.
- Still, someone could walk by, see the title of a track, look it up, and become irrevocably... changed.
Given that I think I'm an at-will employee, I'm sure I could be terminated for "bad taste in music" but would this be grounds to deny an unemployment claim (let's say the jurisdiction is California)?
Is there any possibility of having this classified as a coping mechanism for some kind of other problem (like lack of focus)? It would be very easy to convince anyone else that no one would voluntarily listen to any of it. Would that grant me any protections?