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Discussion on: Interruptions in the open office

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Ben Sinclair

Headphones and hiding. For example, I am currently sitting on a sofa on the mezzanine above our open plan office, and I can see other people in the kitchen and hall with their laptops. It's a solution to a problem that didn't need to exist in the first place, really...

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Unfortunately here, there's not place to hide :(... My headphones are with me wherever I go, however, some of my coworkers tend to think that they need to scream or make a lot of noise to be heard.

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Donald Merand

I second having a hiding place. Use a conference room if you have any of those. Advocate for a space with the people who manage that. Headphones alone do not a happy brain make.

When advocating, you can cite the need for a quiet place to make phone calls or something - then just use the space to escape for an hour or two if you get it.

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Thanks! I will advocate for one room for work in silence.

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Donald Merand