4 Ways to Rule an Open Office

11111In a recent article, How to Work in an Open Office, Emily Elliott points out that while open offices are becoming increasingly prevalent, many employees struggle to successfully adapt.

Here are 4 ways to help you not only survive in an open office environment, but also thrive.

  1. Make your space your own

Working on a row of desks that all look the same can be boring and dull. You can bring a small plant, get a desk organizer, or picture frames to brighten it up. Bringing in familiar supplies or decorations can help you have more ownership of the environment around you.

  1. Listen to music

One of the most frequent complaints with open offices is that you can hear people typing, sneezing, coughing, and talking on the phone. To control distracting noise, you could try listening to ambient or instrumental music while you work.

  1. Adjust your time

Consider adjusting your hours so that you have uninterrupted time when coworkers are not there — coming in early before the day gets busy, or staying a little later once everyone is gone. This will allow you to have your private time but also keep you open during the day for collaboration.

  1. Create more space

Although you might talk with coworkers more in an open office, your conversations must be short as they can be heard by everyone, and it’s hard to have a serious meeting. Ask your boss for a community table or a designated spot that people go to have collaborative or private discussions.

Conclusion

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