I recently started a new job that has a very different corporate culture than I am used to , almost all of our meetings are held via conference call. What makes it different is that everyone is sitting at their own desks talking on the phone to each other. The person that has the office next to mine is usually on the same call as me as well as a number of other individuals on my same team. I can usually hear their speaker phones. I end up listening to the call in stereo.
The problem is that I have a lot of trouble following the conversation on the phone. I have tried walking around, turning off all other distractions (email, computer), keeping my hands busy with something, and taking notes. I miss the ability to see the people I am talking too and reading body language and seeing lips move.
I am not currently in a managerial role and I am not sure how to bring a change to this particular piece of the companies culture.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions on how I can either bring about a change or to help me stay focused through out the call?