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View Poll Results: Do you prefer working in a cubicle or open office
Open Office 5 7.14%
Cubicle 60 85.71%
Don't Care 5 7.14%
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Old 07-19-2016, 08:42 AM
 
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I just got news that the floor I work on will be transitioning to the very hip open office layout. My coworkers are all very excited about this.

The last sentence was sarcasm. I haven't talked to one person who seems happy about this development. My particular department doesn't really do work that is collaborative. It requires concentration and attention to detail. By the nature of what we do there really isn't room for group think.

This will make my particular group less efficient with other distractions from around the office. It also seems like an unneeded expense for the company as our cubicles work perfectly fine. I certainly don't love working in a cubicle, but I much prefer the privacy it provides to being on display for everyone else at the company. The thought honestly gives me anxiety. I am upset enough by this that I may start looking for a different job.

Does anyone out there actually like working in an open office? If so why?

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Old 07-19-2016, 08:56 AM
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Location: The State of Delusion - Colorado
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I worked in both environments. The open layout was uncomfortable to me. You had absolutely no privacy whatsoever.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:06 AM
 
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Cubicle. Gotta be able to pick your nose in peace.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:08 AM
 
Location: The Heart of Dixie
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I HATE open office layouts - absolutely despise them. I don't see them being of any benefit unless the team has to be very collaborative.
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Johannesburg, South Africa
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Open plan - primarily because of the nature of my job (IT Infrastructure), and the fact we as a team have to share ideas, projects and consult over problems and issues.

Moreover, our bosses are not keen on cubicles because they have little idea what those individuals are doing! The IT Support dept on the lower floor have cubicles, and on many occasions individuals have been caught watching TV programs on their tablets or surfing social media, or reading books/magazines during business hours.

So there's a trust issue to some extent. But I still prefer open plan for my particular job role
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Old 07-19-2016, 09:20 AM
 
Location: SoCal again
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I have declined several jobs because I do not want to work in a cubicle. Ever.


I usually have my own office.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Chotchkie's
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I can't for the life of me understand how anyone can get exited over working in an open office layout.

I'd be having suicidal thoughts after an hour or two in that type of environment.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:34 AM
 
Location: SoCal again
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Is there any benefit to the employee? You are being watched from all angles. Sounds horrible.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:38 AM
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Location: The State of Delusion - Colorado
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Is there any benefit to the employee? You are being watched from all angles. Sounds horrible.
I listened to a podcast not long ago (Freakonomics maybe?), and I believe the idea of an open layout began in NYC at an ad agency. It was a European architect who conceptualized it for the agency. The goal was to have a better collaborative environment. It ended up failing over time and the agency went back to cubicles and offices.

Some employers still embrace the idea today, and argue that it's better for collaboration, but I suspect that there might be a little bit of mistrust built into it as well. I've heard very few employees ever claim that they liked it. Most of the time, I hear them complain about it.
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Old 07-19-2016, 11:40 AM
 
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Open plan - primarily because of the nature of my job (IT Infrastructure), and the fact we as a team have to share ideas, projects and consult over problems and issues.

Moreover, our bosses are not keen on cubicles because they have little idea what those individuals are doing! The IT Support dept on the lower floor have cubicles, and on many occasions individuals have been caught watching TV programs on their tablets or surfing social media, or reading books/magazines during business hours.

So there's a trust issue to some extent. But I still prefer open plan for my particular job role
I also work in IT infrastructure and an open office layout is the last thing I need. Although I work on a team, we all handle separate tasks and projects. We come together for staff meetings and other scheduled meetings when needed.

When one of our multi-million dollar systems goes down and I'm getting heat from senior VPs, the last thing I need it someone else distracting me with their conversation about next week's vacation.
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