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Minerva's Breakdown: Softer Rock

"The music is great. The songs are fine. It's just the volume."

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Dear Minerva:

I love my job and what I do. I feel needed and the work is valuable, important work. There's just one thing that bothers me—the environment. Specifically the music. The music is great. The songs are fine. It's just the volume. The volume is too high. How do I work in an environment with loud music and NOT kill someone.

—Sincerely, Softer Rock Please

Dear Softer:

Please, do not kill anyone. According to Idaho Code § 18-4001, murder is bad, illegal and a punishable offense. Don't kill anyone over music! Alternative options include (but are not limited to):

• Asking "The Powers That Be" to take a volume change under consideration. Most reasonable middle management would listen to your side of the record. Come prepared with a solution in case you are asked for one.

• Contact HR about your concerns in a constructive way. Come prepared with a solution in case you are asked for one.

• Stealthily turn down the volume incrementally when no one is looking. A little caress of the V nob could solve all of your troubles.

• If your office has a comment or suggestion box, gingerly slip an anonymous note through the slot and wait.

• Leave copies of this column casually about the office and upon the desks of people empowered to make volume decisions.

• Adapt. Not always fun, but maybe you'll get used to daily concerts.

I hope you find this helpful and that your decibel woes will soon be over. Chances are, you are probably not the only one hoping for softer jams.