I work in a R&D team in a large open space environment, and I should have the following noises :
-people typing on their keyboards
-the occasional fixed phone ring
-discreet chat voices
These should enable me/us to work in a calm and undisturbed workplace.
What I have however :
-people holding meetings (not always work related) and speaking loudly on the desk next to mine
-cellphones ringtones. We work on those, yet most of my coworkers apparently do not know those have a "silent" mode. (okay, sometimes, *my* cellphone ring as well.
-We had a quite noisy coworkerette, talking very loudly (very high pitched voice) on the phone.
-Some coworkers (the aforementioned coworkerette included) sometimes listen to music without a headset... No comment
-And, the best, (only this morning hopefully) construction workers hammering the wall for a few hours 5 meters from me... Perfect...
What about your places ?