I've been working remote for the last few years and it's been a dream for my buzzy ADHD brain. I got a new job and it requires 2 days a week in the office. I know that doesn't seem like a lot, but the days are honestly a wash as my office neighbors are LOUD. Lots of chatting, phone calls, talking to themselves etc. Now I love to talk as much as the next person, but I am having a really hard time adjusting.
I know I can formally request accomodations (I had them when I was still in the office at my previous job), but I wanted to ask about the optics of that. It's a project management role in local government, so things are pretty formal. I don't exactly want to make myself a problem in my second month, but I'd also like to be productive. Any advice on this is welcome! Even if the advice is to suck it up for a year until I'm more established.
Follow up #1: These responses have been incredibly validating and helpful, thank you all. Over the last week I've started wearing noise cancelling headphones along with Loop earplugs. My job is database heavy so not too many people come up and talk in person. I play brown noise along with the ANC and it makes hearing my coworker a little more difficult. I've also had mini level setting conversations on the way up each day, channeling the nap ministry and everyone on here- "it's okay if today isn't the most productive day in the world. just matters that I breathe through it."
I've also been blocking off do not disturb time for 2 hour blocks. Finally switched my going and getting coffee with coworkers routine to a 2 mile powerwalk together on our lunch break. It's definitely helping as coffee typically makes me knock out anyways. I'll do another update in a few weeks if these aren't working and I need to approach the conversation with my boss.