Is your office open concept?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll: Do you work in an open concept office?
    Yes and I love it : (18 votes)
    23 %
    Yes but I hate it : (21 votes)
    27 %
    No but I wish I did : (1 votes)
    1 %
    No and I'm glad : (38 votes)
    49 %
  • Post # 3
    118 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    FH does and he likes it okay– I think its good for them b/c its a creative company that requires a lot of collaboration across departments. You can just swing your chair around and ask your colleagues a question. 

    I’m in academic administration, so I’m really glad I can have my own office. People can be so nosey! I really try to keep my work and personal life separate, and that’s a lot harder to do when you’re sitting next to a bunch of people all day. 

    Post # 4
    9038 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2012

    My husband works in an open concept office at the moment and doesn’t like it, but he just got a promotion and will soon have his own office and is very glad about that.  I’ve had my own office for ten years and I love it, I don’t like the open concept office idea.  I haven’t had to work like that since my twenties.

    Post # 5
    2675 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI

    Our office is an old building with limited space. So some areas are a lot of cubes, some are just a big mess. In my section we have actual offices but everyone except higher ups have to share. So I share an office with our secratary. I don’t have an actual cubical but the way our desks and everything are arranged it’s kind of like one. Others share offices where they just each have a desk in an office and it’s more open. I like having some amount of privacy where I am, but I still don’t like that I can’t even talk on the phone in my office without other people talking in the background or evesdropping on your conversation.

    Post # 6
    991 posts
    Busy bee

    Well the credit union I work for partially has this concept. And I saw partial because the teller side is all open but the financial services side everyone has their own office. So I have worked in both. I do not mind being on the teller side in the open but I hate being on the financial services side to be in the open like that. Too much private info going out if it was open like that on the financial services side.

    Post # 7
    6985 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    Ours is setup sort of similar to this. Low walled cubicles that are open to the other areas. Private offices wouldn’t really work in my department because there are 6 of us that work together on all the marketing material, so it would just be annoying running around to talk to each other.


    Post # 8
    1676 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    @MrsPanda99:  We moved offices with my current job 3 years ago, into an open plan with around 200 other people of different departments, but all branches of health care.  I hate it.  It’s noisy, and distracting and the air con is never right for everyone.  We also ‘hot desk’ so sometimes there isn’t even anywhere to sit

    I start a new job on Monday and will be moving into a little office with my own desk!  And there with only be 6 other people there.  woohoo!

    Post # 9
    9859 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2014

    @MrsPanda99:  it is, and I like it.  But I’m in a creative field and I feel like open concept offices really only work in those type of settings.  There are days that it annoys the crap out of me but then I just put in my headphones and tune it all out!

    Post # 10
    1327 posts
    Bumble bee

    I did when I was living in Spain.  It allowed for a lot of interaction, which was nice for me because I had (mostly) good co-workers.  But one of my coworkers had gross hygiene (he’d spit on a tissue and wipe down his desk & computer every day!!!), and I always worried about my stuff getting on his desk or his stuff getting on mine. :S

    Now, I work in a semi-open office, where there are low-walled cubicles.  I think it’s alright – it allows for a little bit of private space and interaction at the same time.  We have nice, cherry wood desks because clients come in.  When I move to head office in two weeks, I’ll still be in a low-walled cube but with regular cubicle desks because it’s not client-facing.  Boo! 😛

    Post # 11
    396 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    My husband works in this environment and doesn’t mind it at all. He works for an innovative company that probably benefits from having their employees able to freely communicate and learn from one another, so it’s perfect. And he really likes the people he works with. 

    I work in an old house that was converted to offices, so we each have a “bedroom” that’s turned into an office but we leave our doors wide open. I think open concept would be totally fine, if I was with different people! They are so nosey. And I, too, like to keep my work and personal lives separate. 

    Post # 13
    820 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  Yuck, I hated it. My job used to be an open office, and we all grew to really hate it so much (as our company got larger) that we eventually got rid of it and put up cubes. I actually just (finally!) got my own office, which is great because even cubes are too loud for my liking. I honestly don’t get the appeal of an open office… chewing, shuffling, texting, typing, chatting, etc is so loud. It’s impossible to focus. I think the point of it is that your boss can keep an eye on everyone more easily which keeps people productive. We’re a start-up, so that wasn’t really an issue (we all work 60+ hours a week anyway) so we got rid of it.

    Post # 14
    1470 posts
    Bumble bee

    I work in one and it’s garbage. lol I hate it. We don’t even have cube walls, glass partitions. Super creepy to not be able to look up without staring another person in his/her eyes! Whoa! lol I’m spoiled, have had my own office my entire career until we moved to this concept a little over a year ago. I’m completely over it. 

    Post # 15
    1822 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall

    I had an office at my last job but I didn’t really like it. Now I am in a very small company with 7 people – two 1-person offices, one room with 3 desks, and one room with 2 desks. I’m in the room with 2 desks, though my job description would fit the 3-desk room much better. There’s just not enough space in there. I like the open concept, but I just don’t like the specific room I’m in – I share it with the one person I’d least like to share an office with. I get along with the people in the 3-person room better.

    So… yes, I like the concept, but in practice it’s kind of “meh” because of the people-arrangement. 

    Post # 16
    422 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    @MrsPanda99:  yes i do and its horrible. we have low walled cubicles. so technically my space is my own, but everyone hears personal phone calls and my boss is 2 desks behind me. he stares at what im doing all day long. so do my coworkers. im forced to hear incredibly offensive conversations and non stop agitating music from someones radio. if a coworker isnt screaming across the room to get my attention, my phone will ring. its awful

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