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How to work effectively in open plan offices


Does anyone have a short training course, a good set of rules, whatever that can be used to help people to work more effectivel in an open plan office.
Ian Shaw

3 Responses

  1. No speaker phones please
    It is important to be considerate of your fellow workers when working in an open office environment. One ground rule that would assist is to ask people not to use the speaker when conducting telephone conversations. If you need to use the speaker then move to a meeting room or office so that it does not disturb others.

  2. Mobile phones in open plan office
    With the ever increasing use of mobile phones, it is important to ask users to ensure their mobile phones are switched to silent mode, or off altogether, in order to avoid a cacophony of different ring tones disturbing co-workers in the open plan office.

  3. Multinational Budapest Moving to Open Plan
    Completed some initial fact finding into behavioural changes needed for personnel moving from closed offices to an open plan. Issues to arise are noise e.g. speaking, telephone etc., accessibility e.g. too accessible leads to time management problems, physical space e.g. posters, personal territory etc., loss of status e.g. office holders now amongst the others etc. There s already some form of behavioural expectations to be expanded further once ideas have been “workshopped”.


    Andrew Smith
    QUEST Budapest


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