I work as a leasing consultant for a small property management company. They’ve recently decided that all employees are no longer allowed to listen to music while they work at their desks. Previously, we were allowed to have one earbud in as we work as long as we didn’t ignore calls, prospects, or residents.
For myself, I only use music when I am doing paperwork as I have ADHD and autism. The music helps me focus and mute out otherwise extremely distracting sounds that cause my work ability to plummet. In the past, when any persons have entered the office I’ve immediately taken it out and I’ve never let it interfere with my workflow for the office. I’ve worked with this company for almost a year and this has never been an issue brought up by any management personnel in the company until today.
Due to my disabilities, that are extensively documented, would I have grounds to request an accommodation for this privilege as it pertains to the success of my work?
Both in high school and college was I allowed to listen to music to help me focus on my work. Obviously I know the workforce is different from school settings but it’s been proven extremely useful for me previously.