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Rodgers
19-01-2006, 11:28:10
I might be about to be offered a job in new firm. The job looks great but I'd be working in an open plan office rather than a private room.

Whats the pros and cons?

Tizzy
19-01-2006, 11:30:09
Pros: more interaction with people, you get to overhear more of what's going on.

Cons: noisier, no privacy.

Rodgers
19-01-2006, 11:33:55
I fear an Office Space type nightmare

King_Ghidra
19-01-2006, 11:51:16
ditto what tizzy said

being a gregarious type i like it, but for those times when you don't want to be disturbed, just stick some headphones in and get your head down

Funko
19-01-2006, 11:51:48
You can't have an RC style nap in an open plan office.

Rodgers
19-01-2006, 11:53:28
I'll be working too bloody hard to nap - another slight downside to the job.

Tizzy
19-01-2006, 12:07:55
Oh yeah, definitely get headphones.

I do quite like open plan mostly, mainly because I like knowing what's going on but I frequently wish they'd all just shut up, I get a bit psychotic when there's too much noise.

MoSe
19-01-2006, 12:09:46
Make sure you have a wall behind your back, and not curious eyes spying on your PC monitor! :D

MoSe
19-01-2006, 12:10:44
Cons: you'll have hard times restraining your LOL when you're on CG

MattHiggs
19-01-2006, 12:12:43
I worked in an open plan office when I was at Esure.

Used to have loads of fun as I was on a very social team.

MattHiggs
19-01-2006, 12:13:52
I have my own office now though and I wouldn't give it up for the world!

Rodgers
19-01-2006, 12:31:01
I'd be surrounded by solicitors and they warned me that they expect a LOT of work out of staff. I'm assuming then that it would be pretty quiet or at least not too much pissing about going on.

Gary
19-01-2006, 12:54:07
Pros: Absolutely none at all. Can only guess it must be cheaper to put up open plan.


Cons: Noisier, No privacy. More interruptions from people, No privacy. You overhear office crap while trying to concentrate on what you're doing, No privacy, Feeling of vulnerability - back not covered, Did I say No privacy ?, Can't even swear at the PC without someone being offended, No privacy. Increases desire to go on mass slaughter of those who put you in those inhumane conditions, oh wait, that is the one pro.

King_Ghidra
19-01-2006, 12:55:33
gary = 400lb paranoid misanthrope

Funko
19-01-2006, 13:12:49
I like open plan.

King_Ghidra
19-01-2006, 13:21:46
i thought you had like 6 people in your company

Funko
19-01-2006, 13:24:04
10ish. Is there some minimum number for an office to be designated open plan? If so, I wasn't informed.

Funko
19-01-2006, 13:28:12
We've got 2 offices with 4 people in each. Open doorway between the two offices, And one office with two people in which has glass partitioning.

There are no barriers, cubes, etc. between desks. So I think that's open plan? Just small.

Venom
19-01-2006, 13:33:33
Open plan office is stupid. We're moving towards that right now and I don't understand why anyone would want to work like that.

King_Ghidra
19-01-2006, 13:39:49
Originally posted by Funko
10ish. Is there some minimum number for an office to be designated open plan? If so, I wasn't informed.

oh you didn't get the mail?

my point being that the kind of open plan issues people have raised aren't a very significant thing when you're talking about as many people as would fit in one or two small rooms anyway, mr facetious

when i worked for the civil service an open plan room might have 50ish people. So when you're talking about the noise, gossip etc. of the open plan environment then that's a considerably more relevant issue to a larger group.

Japher
19-01-2006, 13:40:35
I work in an office with 6 other people, most of which are pretty cool. There's a lot of work to be done away from your desk so it's not like they are here all the time. And, when they are, they all screw around half the time anyway. It's not bad, it is definitly better then the office setting I had at my last job where "open door policy" meant don't bother me.

Funko
19-01-2006, 13:45:02
Originally posted by King_Ghidra
when i worked for the civil service an open plan room might have 50ish people. So when you're talking about the noise, gossip etc. of the open plan environment then that's a considerably more relevant issue to a larger group.

Yeah, that'd probably suck. Although we do have one person who is more noisy than 50 average people. - FACT.

HelloKitty
19-01-2006, 13:45:19
Originally posted by MoSe
Cons: you'll have hard times restraining your LOL when you're on CG

People lol while here? I just come here for the feeling of pride I get comparing myself to the dutch and welsh.

Rodgers
19-01-2006, 14:08:36
The team is about 12 people in total so I reckon we'd be pretty well spaced out.

Drekkus
19-01-2006, 14:24:44
:lol: @ KG

I work in a room with 4 guys. Works fine, except when 3 or 4 are on the phone at the same time. Good thing is you interact a lot better on common workrelated issues, plus have more fun kidding around.

Just make sure your back is to the wall and people have not too much of a direct view of your screen.

Japher
19-01-2006, 14:25:58
The only person who has a direct view of my screen is the guy behind me.

And he spends half the day playing Euchere on Yahoo Games

Qaj the Fuzzy Love Worm
19-01-2006, 17:41:56
If you think open plan is bad, how about open plan in a Social Security office in the bad part of town? My brother in law works in a place like that, his desk is just "out there" on the generally accesable open floor than the customers can just wander around in.

The way I heard it, they were getting violent threats against the staff because they weren't giving certain types of people any money. So the solution was to go open so the customer would feel more connected with the employee.

EDIT This was a few years ago that they implemented this, and AFAIK no-one's been killed yet. Surprising really.

Lazarus and the Gimp
19-01-2006, 19:08:42
I work in an open-plan floor of about 100 people. It's fine. It's more fun to get into a shouting match because you get a bigger audience.

mr.G
19-01-2006, 20:18:50
Originally posted by Funko
10ish. Is there some minimum number for an office to be designated open plan? If so, I wasn't informed. I work in an open plan office also, a bit noisy but i like my boss

Funko
20-01-2006, 09:21:47
Then why do you hit him? Perhaps you have some anger management issues?

Drekkus
20-01-2006, 09:38:36
Maybe he's just spanking him.

Funko
20-01-2006, 09:50:15
MrG's boss = the monkey?

novacane
20-01-2006, 09:55:34
Originally posted by Funko
We've got 2 offices with 4 people in each. Open doorway between the two offices, And one office with two people in which has glass partitioning.

There are no barriers, cubes, etc. between desks. So I think that's open plan? Just small.

Sounds exactly like mine. I think the principle is still the same, contrary to K_G's point. I've worked in rooms of 80 and now a room of 8. Large open plan offices sometimes have some form of segregation anyway and when I'm at my desk I wouldn't notice anyone other than the 8-10 people around me. The distractions and lack of privacy still apply in smaller offices. In some ways, the smaller office has more of a small-town mentality. Thats worse.

Drekkus
20-01-2006, 10:09:08
Originally posted by Funko
MrG's boss = the monkey? yes

mr_G
20-01-2006, 10:10:56
The last time my boss spoke to Drekkus he was nekkid

his wife is still in sjok

MoSe
20-01-2006, 10:49:54
Originally posted by novacane
I think the principle is still the same, contrary to K_G's point.

ok.
THEN a room with 8 desks is an "8-desk openplan room".
A room with 7 desks is a "7-desk openplan room".
A room with 6 desks is a "6-desk openplan room".
A room with 5 desks is a "5-desk openplan room".
A room with 4 desks is a "4-desk openplan room".
A room with 3 desks is a "3-desk openplan room".
A room with 2 desks is a "2-desk openplan room".
A room with 1 desks is a "1-desk openplan room".

Figures

:rolleyes:

novacane
20-01-2006, 11:08:36
I hoped I wouldn't be taken so literally. My point was that you lose privacy and gain distraction in any environment where a number of people work. Whether that be 4 people or 400 people. I can only speak for myself but even in large open-plan offices, I'm only really aware of the handful of people immediately around me.

MattHiggs
20-01-2006, 11:11:25
Where I used to work there were over 100 people on each floor. There were desks of around 12 users, 6 on each side.

It's true you only really can be distracted by the people on your desk so it wouldn't really make a difference if there were 12 people in your office or 200.

Drekkus
20-01-2006, 11:26:09
Originally posted by mr_G
The last time my boss spoke to Drekkus he was nekkid

his wife is still in sjok FACT!

small clearification: MrG's boss was nekkid, not Drekkus.

MDA
20-01-2006, 12:07:22
too introverted, I want my own office

besides, I usually pitch facefirst into my paperwork about 15 minutes after lunch, I'd rather they didn't catch me doing that

Debaser
20-01-2006, 12:16:55
I work in an open plan office. The number of people there varies depending on the time of week, but ranges between about 10 and 50. I don't mind it at all most of the time, though when people decide to have a conversation right behind you when your on the phone it can be pretty annoying.

And definitely get headphones.

Tizzy
20-01-2006, 12:19:18
Yep, headphones are essential.

mr_G
20-01-2006, 12:20:04
and air
you need air for breathing.....jesjes

Japher
20-01-2006, 14:00:35
and tape the floor area around your desk and make ppl knock before talking to you

Venom
20-01-2006, 14:20:07
And eat lots of curry and fart all the time.

Funko
20-01-2006, 14:21:13
Did someone need my talents?

Venom
20-01-2006, 14:22:10
Close, but I didn't ask for looking ugly and making terrible puns.

Funko
20-01-2006, 14:26:05
Oh ok.

Did you ask for FUCK YOU!

Venom
20-01-2006, 14:27:34
Noooo....FUCK YOU!!!!

Chris
20-01-2006, 14:37:22
Originally posted by Venom
And eat lots of curry and fart all the time. Best post ever.

Lefty Scaevola
20-01-2006, 16:04:25
Working in an open plan office interfers with banging secretaries and other female minions.

MoSe
20-01-2006, 16:53:40
except for gangbangs

King_Ghidra
20-01-2006, 16:59:06
you might find yourself intefered with in that scenario

Venom
20-01-2006, 17:16:00
But there might be DVDA.