Some companies don't let workers wear headphones. The experts are unanimous: If you're allowed to, you probably should. But that doesn't let you off the hook from good music etiquette.
"Don't wear headphones 24/7," says Harvard Business Review writer Anne Kreamer, who wrote about office music in a 2012 blog post. "You'll isolate yourself."
"Never wear your ear phones away from your desk - anywhere," says business etiquette consultant Ellen Reddick. It doesn't matter if you're just going to the bathroom, down the hall to the copy machine, down to the lobby for a snack - if you're leaving your desk, take them off.
"Don't hum along or tap your foot or desk," Reddick says. It kind of defeats the point of headphones if your co-workers have to listen along anyway.
If you're not using a headset, you need to have a conversation with the other people who work within earshot.
"Trying to attain group consensus is also a smart idea," says Vicky Oliver, consultant and author of several business books.
Ten percent of survey respondents admitted to judging a co-worker based on their choice of music, according to Spotify Ltd.
Pop music is the most popular, with rock a close second, according to Spotify. But if you work with a huge fan of Gregorian chants or the Three Tenors and your music is shared, Oliver suggests trading days: Pink today, Puccini tomorrow.