The Proper Use of an Office Sonos


There is a lot of pressure being the office rockstar.

Huzza! You’re in an office with a Sonos and everyone can use it. That’s pretty awesome, but like everything else in life, there are some unspoken social protocols for how to use the Sonos. With power comes great responsibility. First, be sure that the Sonos is connected to your devices because if it isn’t, the rest of this will be for nought. If you’re not sure, go to Sonos to start or troubleshoot.

So Let's Get This Party Started.

1. Hey Mr. D.J., put a record on.
This is likely an unspoken rule but do not hog the Sonos. Don’t rush into the office every morning so you can control the playlist. If you’ve been playing the same thing for the past week, most likely, someone will turn off your music anyways and then there will be awkward silence.

2. Don't crank that music, Soulja Boy.
Be considerate of your neighbor. Maybe you like to listen to music at deafening levels but lets be honest, no one else does. Make sure that music volumes are reasonable.

3. I’m so excited and I just can’t hide it…but try.
Your office environment may be casual and relaxed but clients will never need to hear Fuck the Police during meetings or conversations. In fact, it may be distracting so watch your P’s and Q’s for music play.

4. It’s just another manic Monday.
There is a time and place for everything, especially music. Perhaps Monday mornings are not best for Guns and Roses. Read the room and see what is going on. Then use your best judgement and if that means G & R at 9:00 AM on Monday, well then so be it.

5. A little bit louder now … sorta.
If your office is using a Sonos, then it’s expected that not everyone will agree with the same genres of music. If you’re only able to focus by blasting underground European dub-step and the office is playing smooth jazz, this would be the time to use headphones. Understand your music taste is unique and it may be offensive to the senses of others.

6. Closing time, open up all the doors but turn off the music first.
If you’re the last person out of the office, turn off the music. Simple.

7. Rhythm is gonna get ‘cha.
Last of all, make sure to have fun with this and don’t take it too seriously. Dance a little in your seat. Either no one will know, or who cares if anyone knows? No one will openly judge you (hopefully) based on what you play. You’ll get to know your co-workers better and maybe acappella country music will become your new thing.

Now let me save myself from all the 80s and 90s references by posting a cool, awesome song by a super, trendy D.J. 

Stephanie Liu is a user experience consultant based in New York City. She's strict with rules but always with a smile. Try to catch her on a good day though. Just kidding, she's harmless. Get in touch.