The other day, I was working at a customer site and had forgotten my noise canceling headphones (BTW, if you still don’t have a pair, I recommend Parrot Zik 2.0 – they’re awesome).
I could feel my productivity plummet each time other people in the large open office started discussing things, and it’s not just me. There is a lot of research showing that open offices are bad for many people, and since I track my subjective happiness (the “Life Score”), I notice that I’m one of the people not meant for open offices. My coping strategy is avoiding on-site work in open plan offices and failing that, headphones.
Does your office environment negatively affect you? To find out, start regularly writing down how happy you are with your life on a scale from 0 to 10. This gives you data to find out what work environment is best for you.
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