Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about talk radio in the workplace:
It would seem that listening to talk radio in the workplace would adversely affect productivity. Because you are listening to one or more speakers conveying information that you must consciously pay attention to, that therefore interferes with your work. Is this a reasonable conclusion?
You are probably correct if the worker’s task is complex. If the task is routine, talk radio might not interfere. Management makes policy around this common sense rationale. We have had many questions about listening to radio while working. Rules pertaining to radio listening in the workplace most importantly hinge on safety. You can check our Archives, for example: Are There OSHA Rules About Radios? http://workplacedoctors.com/wpdocs/qdetail.asp?id=1685