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Posted Thursday, April 11, 2013 9:24 PM


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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 4:25 AM
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The ideal office??? Never having to work in one again!

The main issue I have with large open spaces is that at times other teams, including helpdesks arent always quiet when work needs to be done. A major source of distraction.

Would prefer to have a sound proof office with no distractions, oh well nice aspiration.
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 4:58 AM


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Currently in the paleontology department's photo-laboratory, which is also the access path to the microscope lab. I'm the only permanent occupant, but almost everyone in the department wanders through here during the course of the day, and it's right across the hall from the break room.

I find it suits me quite well - makes it very convenient for me to make myself tea and such, and people wandering through are rarely a distraction, if they don't talk to me. But it's very handy, because I can catch people readily, and they can find me so easily, that despite me being the only IT person in the department, they never feel pressure to 'catch me while they can' and unload rafts of problems all at once, nor is it an 'adventure' or 'intrusion' to find me, since the door is always open and it's not my personal office, but a public room that they also enter for many other reasons. And on the occasions that someone else comes in here to work, they have a specific task of some photography to accomplish, which they complete and leave, so I don't have to listen to someone else's telephone conversations and weird personal habits on a daily basis.

Such a personal corner in a public place works better for me than any other office environment I''ve ever used.
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 5:19 AM
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I've had an office shared with just one other person, as well as working in open plan offices, and working from home.

They all have advantages, such as when working on debugging, with a small team, to a tight deadline, a small open plan office where people can call out problems and you can just shout back "OK, try it again", works brilliantly and the energy and teamwork is great.

When it comes to heads down application programming however a quiet closed office is the best environment, after all when keeping the structure of three or four objects and their complex relationships in your head you nee to get that vision down and into code quickly with no distractions. If someone distracts you, you will drop the balls and it will be harder to get the image back as clearly, if at all.

The best option would be a large space with slide-able walls , where you could create the workspace required for the type of work you are doing.
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My current environment is not my favorite - large open room with entire management and staff at rows of desks. No eating/drinking in the room.

I have never had my own office - always either a cubicle, shared office, desk in the server room, etc.

I'm looking very forward to retirement where my "office" will be on a golf cart somewhere.
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 6:18 AM


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I've had glass door type offices and cubicles... I think the cubes work better honestly, when I was part of a team supporting a very large server environment having everyone near each other and within speaking distance was great, but the cubes made it private enough so you could get work done without distraction. I prefer the 5' high cubes though, the little 3 or 4 footers are too low such that I always felt I was staring right at someone, or being watched myself, but the 6' or 7' walls were too high to stand up and talk over, 5' is just about right.



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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 6:31 AM
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Open office works best for me..the only exception is when I am dealing with the production issue. In that case I wish that nobody should disturb me.
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 6:32 AM
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My current environment is not my favorite - large open room with entire management and staff at rows of desks. No eating/drinking in the room.

I have never had my own office - always either a cubicle, shared office, desk in the server room, etc.

I'm looking very forward to retirement where my "office" will be on a golf cart somewhere.


No eating or drinking? I guess the no eating part would not bother me but the no drinking part would.

My current arrangement is the best I've had... an office with a door.
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Posted Friday, April 12, 2013 6:43 AM
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My favorite office set up was an actual office with a door that closed. I'm not a fan of open workspaces because I like it to be quiet when coding.

Currently have a good sized cubical in a quiet section so its not too bad.
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At our site we have some low partition cubes and high partition ones. The low cubes are supposed to be the 'new collaborative thing' but in truth they just immerse you in distraction... everyone's phone conversations etc. The couple extra feet of partition makes a noticeable difference.

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