by Maeghan Ouimet

Music might be good for productivity, but headphones may be doing more harm than good for your team.

According to a Harvard Business Review report, most young people in the workforce wear headphones–and as a result, cut themselves off from their surrounding environment.

Anne Kreamer, author of the book It’s Always Personal: Emotions in the New Workplace, conducted an informal survey, asking friends over 35 in a number of different work environments who wore headphones. The answer was always the new kids. While Kreamer agrees that headphones are a great way to cut out the screaming baby at a local coffee shop while you’re working on a deadline remotely, they can also isolate workers from one another when in the office and ultimately stifle creation.

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