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10 truths about open plan offices

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Are you living the open plan office life? If so, you may be familiar with overhearing other people’s conversations and having little to no privacy for eight hours every day. While open plan offices are believed to encourage collaboration and community, there are some truths about working in an open environment that just can’t be denied. Here are 10.

1 You will get annoyed at loud colleagues

Whether they’re talking to clients on the phone or telling co-workers about their weekends, if you work in an open place office, you’ll hear e-v-e-r-y-t-h-i-n-g.

Man with headache covering ears from noise

2 Everyone knows what you’re having for lunch

Lunch becomes a hot topic of conversation. Regular comments include, ‘What do you have for lunch?’, ‘What’s that smell?’, and ‘Can I have some?’

Female Worker In Office Having Healthy Pasta Lunch At Desk

3 It’s highly likely you’ll catch the office flu

Working in such close proximity to people means when one team member gets sick, you all get sick.

Young business man blows his nose while working on laptop at the office

4 It’s impossible to plan birthday surprises

Even just passing around a card to sign, without the birthday person seeing, requires serious sleuthing.

Office workers celebrating a birthday

5 You’ll become reliant on your headphones

Want some peace and quiet? Need a break from your co-workers? Sick of constant interruptions? Your only option – headphones.

Women sitting at her desk with headphones on

 6 If you’re running late, everybody knows about it

Your empty chair and desk make it painfully obvious when you’re not at work by 9am.

Portrait of shocked young woman holding hand with wrist watch

7 You have to watch what you say 24/7

Because someone is ALWAYS listening.

8 You take serious ownership of your desk

Since your desk is the only space you have, you cannot stand it when other people’s mess creeps onto your side.

White wood desk with colour pencils, sticky note and flower with copy space. workspace and designer accessories

9 Dirty dishes are a no-no

Leaving dirty dishes on your desk is strictly forbidden.

Empty coffee cup on desk

10 You can’t do any online shopping

With everyone watching your computer, you can’t do any cheeky online shopping between the hours of 9 and 5.

Woman using keyboard and credit card indoors

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