I work in open space so I am in one room with about 15 next persons. Many times they are talking together and it is hard to concentrate to work. I can partly solve it by headphones and music or noise generator, but anyway, it is not good to listen anything for about 8 hours every day. It is like an audio smog for our brain.
Therefore I thought about some polite way, how to explain other people, that they work in open space so it would be nice to respect each other. I don't like the method of complaining or arguing, much better is to motivate another and to give real reasons. Are they some courses, trainings or presentations which show the best behavior in open space?
The rules or hints can be for example:
- speak noiselessly and respect, that other colleagues are working
- use the meeting room for discussion with colleagues, solving problems, meetings, stand-ups (maybe company with open space should have more meeting rooms, or another rooms where people can freely talk - kitchen, the hall)
- try to close the doors silently, since it is very disturbing when the doors are loudly closed one per minute
- behave in working place (open space) professionally, as your colleagues are working, take it serious
Does something like this exist? Of course, more complex and based on some research and studies what is good to do and what is good to prevent in open space. Is there a way how to motivate another people in open space to collaborate? Did you met anything like this in your company? Some coach or company policy?