It’s annoying to have an open office. It’s distracting. It also
takes away your privacy. Unfortunately, some managers still think that it’s a
good strategy. They believe that there will be more collaborations and positive
relationships forged when there’s an open office.
If you dislike facing many people all the time and you want to have a private space,
you just have to make the most of the situation. These are the tips to help you
maintain privacy in this weird setting.
Lock your desk
You need to have a desk with a drawer so you can keep your things.
You still bring valuables to your workplace and you want to protect them. The
worst part about being in an open office is that if you end up losing things,
you will find it difficult to blame someone. It’s an open space and no one
would take responsibility. Therefore, it helps if you can have a drawer that
you can lock to keep your valuables intact. You might also have office supplies
you personally bought and you don’t want to share with anyone.
Talk outside the office
There are times when you have to talk
about sensitive issues and you don’t want anyone to hear the discussion.
Since it’s an open space, everyone would hear the information. Therefore, you
can send a message to the concerned individual to meet you outside for a talk.
You can also do it through text messages, but there are times when you prefer
to clarify things personally.
Stop using papers
You have to learn how to digitize everything. Even a note to remind
yourself about a task should be saved on your phone. You don’t want anyone to
see what you have written. You might also be working on sensitive information
and you need to keep it private. You might be friends with some people at work,
but you can’t trust everyone with the sensitive information.
Come to work early
Another strategy to make it easy for you to work quietly is to come
to work early. It might entail sacrifice but you can maintain
your privacy at this time. Once people start to arrive, you already
accomplished a lot. Therefore, you’re free for the rest of the day. You won’t
be bothered by the loud noise anymore. You can even collaborate with other
people on tasks that don’t require privacy and isolation.
Ask an end to this rule
You try your best to work with whatever you have. You want to keep
working without getting bothered because you have no choice. However, if you
couldn’t take this environment anymore, you need to ask for an end to it.
There’s no point in pursuing
an open office if it doesn’t lead to productivity. If you can convince your
bosses that this type of office structure is only hurting everyone, it might
end soon. You just have to be patient for now.
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