The following post assumes that the office is a typical open office with desks side-by-side. No, I will not give any example photos here.
Usually, voice conversations at the office desk area seem to be socially acceptable, especially when the colleague is asking a question. However, it seem to be socially unacceptable to have online meetings, especially when they’re using loudspeakers, at their respective office desk. This also includes in-person meeting; where people are expected to hold in the meeting rooms.
A meeting is also a form of conversation, so why should it not be allowed at their own desks? Also, since meetings should be allowed, we should also allow people to play their music at their own desks through their own speakers.
However, if everyone starts having meetings or starts playing music at their desk area, there would be too many conversation going on and too much music played concurrently.
Hence, the easiest solution would be to ban voice conversations at office desk areas and people should communicate through text-messaging or only talk in the pantry area. We should also make it socially unacceptable to carry out conversations, be it meeting or small talk or question asking, in office desk areas. But how does one do that?