Whilst there are a huge number of positive attributes to open offices at times, factors such as noise and distractions can present a challenge. Here are some tips for behaviours that will help to ensure your open planned office remains a productive and pleasurable place of work.
1. Keep Noise to a minimum – Loud voices and noises easily distract other people in the office, so unless everyone needs to know what you are talking about or doing you should try to reduce your noise output. Using your ‘inside voice’, not talking loudly on the phone or using loud headphones or ringtones are all ways to reduce your output.
2. Choose the Right Place to Chat – The middle of the open office is not the best place to conduct lengthy, controversial or confidential discussions. Have these types of chats in small private meeting rooms to avoid others around you losing focus on their work. If you need to talk to someone that does not sit right next to you, ensure you get up and talk to them at their desk rather than yelling across the room.
3. Be Aware of Odours – Using perfumes, deodorants or eating foods with strong aromas at your desk could make your colleague uncomfortable or even feel sick. Try to keep odours to a minimum.
4. Don’t Be a Distraction – Typing loudly, using speaker phone, fidgeting, tapping your pen or constantly interrupting your colleagues to chat is often not appreciated. Try and respect a persons need to concentrate or meet deadlines.
5. Keep Your Desk Organised – Aim to keep your desk clutter to a minimum by not letting food debris, paperwork and files stack up on your desk. People around you will feel more comfortable in a clean workspace and it’s much more professional.