How to Stay Productive in an Open Office Floor Plan

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4 Tips For Staying Productive in an Open Office Floor Plan

A recent article, How to stay focused in an open floor plan by Andrew Dyrli Hermeling says that the most prominent emblem of office space evolution is the open floor plans which promote collaboration, sense of equality, transparency and open communication.

Open floor plans have a few serious downsides including noise, lack of privacy and disruption; all which can interrupt productivity.

Here are a few tips for dealing with these challenges:

Wear headphones

Wearing headphones is a universal sign among companies with open floor plans, “Don’t disturb”.

For example, if someone in a coworking office space or flexible office space is wearing headphones and you need to communicate with them, you can send an email or chat and they can respond when they are available.

Find another common area

Find another common space so people aren’t dropping by your desk with “quick” questions. Other staffed flexible offices have included more intentionally isolated corners into their office layouts.

Set your phone in airplane mode

Turn off your WiFi or put your phone in airplane mode to make sure you can meet your deadlines without interruptions.

Be honest with your colleagues

Open floor plans help build strong communities and boost collaboration, and part of that deal means being open and honest with your team in team office space about what you need.

For instance, if your colleague stops by your desk and say, “can I get your attention on this for a minute?” Say “no” politely but straightforward, and say “I need to finish this first. I’ll email you in an hour or so”. The same goes for the other way around.


Open floor plans are suitable for startups looking to minimize costs and maximize flexibility.  As a young startup, YourOffice is looking forward to assist you setting up your office space that carefully designed for maximum productivity.  YourOffice has come alongside hundreds of business looking for everything from staffed flexible offices to agile office space. We know your business is unique, and your office space shouldn’t be any different. Let us match the perfect space or service to fit your business needs.

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