Last week my side of the building was practically empty. Now there's five more people. That means a lot of noise (especially since my job is mostly my in front of a screen, while some other jobs are mostly on the telephone).
This morning I couldn't concentrate at all. I've been in this kind of environment before, but not in a long time. I tried turning on the radio, but it wasn't enough. Fortunately, a coworker here has a pair of green headphone-like earmuffs he loaned me. Blissful silence. I got more done than I have in a long time. My friend doesn't remember where he got these, but as always, the Internet comes to the rescue. If, like me, you are distracted by office noise, look here. Elvex also sells earplugs, but I figured you could find those in the drugstore.
Anybody else bothered by office noise? Having those earmuffs on was better than the door I've always wanted for my cube.