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bcpid wrote:When I worked in that kind of environment, I frequently (most of the time) found myself migrating to an isolated conference room in order to focus. It's also really hard to get anything done when you're on edge because you feel like you're being watched, whether true or not. Having meetings in the open would be super distracting too - I like to meet in private to both manage the flow of project information, and also to not distract coworkers that are busy working on their own projects. I find it hard to tune out conversation if I know the subject.
yo wrote:Get some nice noise canceling headphones. I'm sure the company will be fine with it. Everyone needs to focus in from time to time. I've worked in both cube farms and open offices and much much more prefer the open offices. When I had the opportunity to design our space I made it open, even the conference area is open. This way everyone can hear everything if they want to. No secrets. I think the key to making it work are:
1) music for everyone (we have 5 speakers wirelessly networked and a tablet to DJ)
2) people are able to wear headphones to focus in
3) allow people to work in conference rooms or from home when needed, I do it as well when I really need to focus
4) have some phone booths, we also have easy access to the outside which is quiet here so lots of people take calls or do one on one meetings outside
That said, it is not for everyone. some people can adapt to it, others can't.
singletrack wrote:I have worked in a few open floor plans. I currently work in one. They can be very difficult. One in particular was almost impossible to work in because of the mix of jobs they had and amount of people. I have always resorted to head phones for the times I need to focus a lot. I would talk with your co-workers and find out if it really would be a problem to use head phones. I have not found anyone having a problem with it. If it helps you do your job and does not bother anyone else most companies don't have a problem with it. I would also bring something up to your manger to help find a solution that works for the company and you. I would be shocked if the rest of the office is not suffering in the same way to.
Jboogie941 wrote:We have an open layout also and deal with the same frustrations as you. Hopefully we will be changing offices soon. Not really much I can offer you as a reprieve maybe say a few Woosahhh's. As far as our group dealing with it, we tend to move around the office in different parts. We have couches, conference room, bean bag chill area and of course a good old stroll outside. Other helpful tips: We have a stereo for entire area with everyone getting an hr or so on their favorite channel. We also went out and bought quite a number of plants to bring life and greenery inside. I suggested a cat for the office but that didn't go over...
Ed_Jones wrote:I am disabled and use speech recognition...work style is too disruptive
Ed_Jones wrote:Most designs I see here at core 77 are hostile to one or more types of disabilities. I can't tell if it is from ignorance, indifference or arrogance