i asked if i could get some noise-cancelling headphones because they help me focus
he pushed really hard toward no, because he was worried if someone came to my office for tech help, i wouldn't be able to hear a knock on the door.
so i said ok let's experiment with that & see if we can hear the knock /w the headphones on
then he moved the goalpost, and said headphones would give some kind of bad / unavailable impression to people, and that I should want to appear "as available as possible" to people
@nleigh this job is tied to a work visa for me, so changing jobs re: immigration is quite challenging