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Moving to an open workspace is really annoying


QMoving to an open plan workspace is really annoying.  What can I do about it?

AIt depends which aspects you find annoying.  Most people find it is quite distracting to have others in such close proximity when they are trying to concentrate, but that is outweighed by improved communication and access to people.  It takes a little planning, but when you need to really concentrate find a place where you won’t be distracted.  If possible enquire about working from home when you need this kind of focus..  If this is not an option then book a meeting room or find a quiet area.  If none of those are possible then find ways to indicate to your colleagues that you would appreciate not being interrupted - the equivalent of a ‘do not disturb’ sign.  If it becomes a bigger problem then there may need to be some working practices / respect / values set out, which everyone needs to understand and support.