In recent years many companies have been moving away from using cubicles with wall partitions, and now they implementing “open office” environments in droves.
This is a significant trend as right now more than two thirds of offices have an “open concept” floor plan. Some reasons for this shift include:
- Cost savings for employers
- More natural light
- Increased collaboration among employees
Some disadvantages of open office environments include:
- A lack of privacy
- Increased noise and distractions
- Increased frequency of interruptions
- Smells float around the office more easily now that cubicle partitions are a thing of the past
Here are some hacks to help you make the most out of working in an open office environment.
- Use headphones or earplugs to drown out distracting noises
- Use an open conference room if you need to focus on something or if you are working on something that is highly confidential
- Consider negotiating a “work from home” arrangement for at least part of the week