Disclaimer: I ask this one anonymously, because I don't want to have issues if some of my collegues will find it. I have some tens of thousands rep on my main account, but I'd rather ask this question without using such benefits than get exposed. Some details are obscured or changed to prevent identification without changing the issue in any meaningful way.
The story is quite simple and brutal. I live in a country where the tax office can just take money from a company without a trial, and if the company will ever win a trial, it'll be years later, and the tax office can refuse to give the money back without any real consequences anyway. That's what happened to my employer, bringing the company on the verge of bankrupcy. Now the company is getting close to finalize restructuring, but was forced to do some budget cuts, by decision of court-appointed "overseer". Many people got their contracts terminated. The team I'm part of was quite safe from that fate, luckily.
Sadly, we got hit in a different way. Previously we used to have a room for four micro-teams, 2 or 3 people each. Room was divided in two, providing comfort, but allowing "asking he room" when neccecary - because each team manages one stage of the data flow. And because flow of the data (and with it - flow of goods and services) should be uninterrupted, we had our own coffee machine. It's not like we were the only ones to use it, and we did buy coffee out of our own pockets, but we got our coffee fast, without waiting for it in the cafeteria, and it was gentle on the stomach.
Now, changes required that some of the space was let to a 3rd party, and we got moved to another room. There is twice as many people there now. People who didn't sit with us previously are loud, in two ways:
Some of them have to be on the phone a lot, and have to see their screens when they talk, so no way around it.
One of them is disabled and while I can't complain on his work, he laughs a lot, quite often about things that are work-related and shouldn't be laughed about. Never sexist, racist or any other "protected class" stuff, rather about how people can't do their jobs. And it is especially painful laughter for me, because it reminds me of the times when I was psychiatric patient - in a way that brings me quite close to a panic attack (bad memories). But not only I am uncomfortable with it, if I can guess from the looks on other people faces.
Our room is open, without cabinets etc, so everything just echoes around. And we were told that fire department forbade adding any obstacles.
To add an insult to an injury we lost our coffee machine. Now we are only allowed to have one coffee machine per floor. There is many people here, like almost three dozens in just the one room next to the coffee machine on our floor. Imagine the waiting line! And I won't tell you about the quality of the coffee. Anything more than it is free for us, and not much more expensive for the company. After almost a decade I started to drink coffee with sugar just to make it passable.
Now the company expects efficiency will increase, and we know it'll drop. How to prepare for the fallout, when it will get noticed?
Of course I'll start using headphones whenever feasible, but our computers are monitored and entertainment is banned. And of course I'll polish my CV, but I quite like working here - decent pay, good boss, good boss of my boss, opportunity to learn and grow… So yea, I'd rather stay here.
Last but not least, these concerns are not only mine. About half of our previous room expressed similar thoughts.