Office Music: How To Keep The Peace

Once you establish the etiquette, you can start to worry about the repertoire

Adeo Ressi, the CEO of methodfive, a Web development firm in lower Manhattan, still remembers the great battle of the stereos. His 30 employees were merrily working in their loft space one day last spring while British pop music boomed from their imposing sound system with its 4-ft-high speakers and 100-disc CD changer. Across the room, employees of MY-CD, a tenant that creates customized CDs, thought they would express themselves, too. They cranked up the volume on their country western fare. "It got pretty rough," concedes Ressi. Eventually, the conflict was toned down with headphones at MY-CD and more respect all around.

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