I've whined/bitched many a times about our new open office concept.
And figured I should just write a post about it.
Not that this post precludes me from further whining/bitching,
oh no no no.
Just one place to get all my thoughts out at once.
What is open office?
Open office is an office space without walls.
This means our Executive President of North America,
who probably makes like $2 million dollars a year,
is also in this "open" environment.
The idea is that the "openness" fosters collaboration.
I'm sure it's supposed to foster much more,
but I don't really give a shit.
The point is that it's the "hot thing" in business right now.
I have several friends groaning that they, too,
are moving to open office in their new HQ.
It's the wave of the future, people!
Open Office Examples
Short of stealing a bunch of photos off Google Images,
I suggest you google "open office layout" and see what I'm talking about.
Or just click HERE and I did the work for you.
Some overpaid consultant got the bright idea
to call each person's desk a "workstation,"
to be distinguished from a "cubicle."
Because consultants have too much time on their hands.
Here is an example of an empty workstation in our building:
"But there are walls!" you say.
No, not really.
If I stand up, I can see everyone's computer within a 5-workstation radius.
What Open Office Really Is:
Some obvious factors:
There is a lot of noise.
There is a lot of distraction.
There is absoluely ZERO privacy.
It is an introverts nightmare.
I'm an Extrovert with a capital E,
and even I hate it.
Some not-so-obvious factors:
An open-office means a uniform office,
so uniform lighting,
uniform temperature, etc.
(And yes, I understand this is the same in standard cubicle farms,
let me have my moment of bitching)
One of the biggest issues is that our lights are
BRIGHT AS FUCKING HELL.
I get pregnancy headaches from bright light.
Happened during my first pregnancy too.
My blood work confirms no signs of preeclampsia,
it's just good old pregnancy hormones.
In our old building,
I turned off the light in my office.
Here, there is no relief.
On a particularly long day,
I built this contraption around my desk.
And I refer to it as my "cubicle cave."
I spoken to HR and our Health & Safety teams.
I know they are installing dimmers in some areas,
because people are getting migraines
We'll see what they can do for me.
It fluctuates between cold
and arctic freezing.
We are forbidden to bring in heaters,
but I know several who have snuck them in regardless.
3. No Trash Cans
Yes, you read that right.
One of the nifty little side effects of open office,
is an attempt to consolidate smells by eliminating personal trashcans.
So every time you blow your nose,
you have to get up,
walk to the kitchenette,
and throw it away.
In my typical "oh hell no" attitude,
I responded by buying trashbags and keeping them at my desk.
There are many, many, many more factors,
but that's my "short list."