Open Offices Suck: A Look At How Open Offices Came To Be And How Bad They've Become

Submitted by: fancylad 2 months ago in Lifestyle


I've been working on a post about how soul-crushing open offices are. Desks butted up against each other, the sights and smells of your co-workers food, no privacy, no noise buffers -- it's a very difficult atmosphere to get any work done -- especially if you get easily distracted. 
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Female 1,265
My office is a mobile one...I spend alot  of time and I mostly work in my car..I travel to see my patients. I enjoy driving though.
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Male 1,028
Not a fan of a lot of FLW's work.

Give me a damn door.  I do not need to be watched while I work.  You have issues with the quality or quantity of my work, we'll talk inside.

I do not need to hover over my team members.  I visit them and we talk about the project, and they visit me.

Open offices are all about cutting costs any way possible.  The race to the bottom and the pursuit of higher profits.  Thank goodness I worked for an employee owned firm, where the pursuit was for ourselves.  Always balancing the need for profit was the need to ensure our employees were able to work efficiently and comfortably.
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Male 5,307
The company I work for is gutting buildings and turning them into open-concept. It's horrible. I am so glad I work from home. It's the click click click of other people's keyboards that drives me crazy.
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Male 4,379
My office space is pretty private and I get to tele-commute most of the time anyway. Like kal said, put me in a place like that and I'm gone.
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Male 15,401
I have a big private corner office. I watch a lot of movies.
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Male 3,776
I recently was part of a team that deployed systems\networked to a newly built location that was all open offices.  I was shocked at the lack of privacy when I inspected the space after the systems were in place.  Row after row of screens facing the person behind them.  Only the person in the back had any privacy and those seats were reserved for the supervisors.  You could basically goose step up and down the isles to enforce Corporate Compliance!  Now 2 months in everyone who moved into that building hates it and feels trapped.  Many have found other jobs already because they could not stand the environment, and they thoroughly enjoyed what they did prior to moving into the space.
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