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Hi,

I work in IT in cubeland. I work a job where the rest of my team is remote, so while I/we go into the office, most of our meetings are via phone/virtual. This was before Covid. In fact, most of us have virtual meetings as we are a nationwide company/division with worldwide vendors.

Our cubes are decent size and walls that are over my head. I have plenty of space for me, my things (both work and personal). My work is remodeling the space and moving to cubes that are significantly smaller and in a way shared cubes. They walls barely come over the height of the monitors. Well that was before covid, now they are going to put up clear barriers to make it be higher.

Has anyone been able to get aaoe accommodations for more insulation from the chaos/energy/noise of the rest of the space? They talked about a good pair of headsets would help - is that considered appropriate accommodations?

I so feel like I (and other's like me) are being told we are not wanted/welcome/just go away.

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Old 07-31-2020, 01:22 PM   #2
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Hi,

I work in IT in cubeland. I work a job where the rest of my team is remote, so while I/we go into the office, most of our meetings are via phone/virtual. This was before Covid. In fact, most of us have virtual meetings as we are a nationwide company/division with worldwide vendors.

Our cubes are decent size and walls that are over my head. I have plenty of space for me, my things (both work and personal). My work is remodeling the space and moving to cubes that are significantly smaller and in a way shared cubes. They walls barely come over the height of the monitors. Well that was before covid, now they are going to put up clear barriers to make it be higher.

Has anyone been able to get aaoe accommodations for more insulation from the chaos/energy/noise of the rest of the space? They talked about a good pair of headsets would help - is that considered appropriate accommodations?

I so feel like I (and other's like me) are being told we are not wanted/welcome/just go away.

Thanks
Hi Elio,

I totally understand your concerns with being in a physical workplace and dealing with shared spaces.

I'm not sure what aaoe is, however.

In the U.S., we have the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) which provides the disabled with certain rights, including the right to ask for a reasonable accommodation. Here, you have to show you have the disability (which requires disclosure) and show that the requested accommodation helps with that. This isn't difficult, but there are steps, as you see. The EEOC in the US (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) oversees issues related to the ADA in the workplace (in the US).

Is this what you are referring to? Or in another country?

You could potentially make the case that the noise is hazardous to your hearing (if it's above a certain level) or that it causes headaches. That would be a job accommodation under the ADA. You could also simply speak to HR and explain to them that the noise reduces productivity and it would be great if they could provide headsets to reduce the noise and help employees concentrate, and see what they say. It really depends on your workplace though and what the culture is there.
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