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Questions tagged [office-layout]

About the physical and spatial layout or disposition a specific Workplace has. Usually involves infrastructure, tables, chairs, etc.

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How best to convince my manager I need an assigned seat?

I recently accepted a new position as a software engineer at a large company. Everything has been going great so far except for one thing, they haven’t given me a desk yet. Every day I come in and ...
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How to know if an ergonomic chair I've been recommended is overpriced [closed]

I've been having pain which the consultant has said could be down to my posture, so my employer paid for an assessment to be done. The company who did the assessment recommended a new chair, but this ...
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How can I convince my manager to let me work permanently with a vertical monitor?

We all have monitors that can tilt vertically already. On my second day I rotated one of my monitors since I like keeping a text editor or terminal window there. I work a lot better and more ...
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I wish to move desks at my company. How to word this request?

I am in the middle of a hustling, bustling office space where there is frequent noise and banter. While I enjoy the interpersonal communications to some extent, I have a difficult time sometimes ...
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How can I set up my office to discourage people from standing behind me?

I have my office set up so I am facing the door. There are several people who insist on walking around my desk, putting them in uncomfortable proximity, and allowing them to hover over me. Is there a ...
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What other problems does hot desking solve?

Senior management at my company are talking about possibly introducing hot desking*, which might be introduced at the same time as an office move planned in a few months. The new location will be ...
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Work Desk is too Close to the Toilets

This question is on behalf of a colleague, Alice. Alice's desk is situated right next to one of the toilets and, as you can imagine, it often gets pretty smelly where she works. This has been made ...
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Could working facing a wall be harmful to my eyes?

My co-workers told me that it is harmful for my eyes' health to work facing a wall (the distance between my eyes and the wall is the width of the desk). I was given a brief explanation but I'm not ...
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Is it ok to request for a cubicle change to be closer to your team members? [closed]

Today I emailed my supervisor to request for a cubical change. I’m currently not sitting close to anyone in my team which makes collaboration difficult. I thought it was a good idea to move closer to ...
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How to avoid placing the desk facing a wall, if a window is facing the door?

Below is a sketch of my current office room layout. The desk and the bookshelves can be moved. According to the article "Where to Put Your Desk" on What's Best Next, it is generally best to see the ...
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Does office décor influence job satisfaction? [closed]

I'm a soon-to-be college Computer Science grad, and have landed a job at a Fortune 500 company for software engineering. I had to go to the company building for identification paperwork, and noticed ...
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What are the defining attributes of an open space office layout? [closed]

I have been working as a software developer on few places with various office-layout from a small office for 8 people and few rooms nearby to a huge rectangle office with a grid system of tables and ...
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How do I explain that the open office is impacting my productivity? [closed]

I work for a small company of ~150 people that moved to a partial open office plan about six months ago. I agreed to this under the caveat that it was only a test and I could move back if needed, but ...
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How can I find out the Local Requirements for Restroom facilities in an office?

Given there is so many people that can be in a work space is there a minimum amount of bathroom the same space has to have? Who would oversee such rules and make sure that the rule is enforced? How ...
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How to talk to / deal with boss about closing his door if he's going to talk to himself

My boss talks to himself. Sometimes even raises his voice. For much of the day. I'm not worried about his mental stability. Actually I wouldn't mind, except that his office door is four feet behind me....
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Renting an office: Landlord wants to rent out a small adjoining office separately [closed]

Got a dilemma at the mo. I rent a good sized office which has a smaller adjoining office just to the side after you enter my office. So need to go through the main door which is the only door into my ...
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Sitting next to boss in open office [closed]

Internee here- I'm all up for a more open plan in an office, but I feel a bit under pressure with my boss sitting beside or behind me. And sometimes peering at my screen to look at what I'm doing. It ...
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Is the openfloor plan without a private desk common? [closed]

If this has been asked elsewhere, sorry. I looked and could not find anything likely. I am a software engineer for a good size technology company and we have been informed we are moving to an open ...
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Minimum office space in European Union legislation [closed]

Is there an European Union law that defines the minimum office space a desk employee (i.e. people that use a desk and computer) should have ? I found some laws in Germany and UK, but nothing at EU-...
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Sitting according to seating plan or “first-come-first-served”?

Normally, offices have seating plans that managers or higher ups decide where the employer should work. Do some offices let the employees to seat where they want, making it "first-come-first serve"? ...
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Offered an office, only one on the team to have one, should I take it?

Background: 5 teams in the area and I was recently promoted to lead one of them. Currently, only the director has an office, no other team leads do. Everyone sits in a cube farm, but an office opened ...
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Knowing whether a position will be in open space, cubicle, shared room or private room

When applying for a position, what are some efficient ways to quickly know whether it will be located in open space, cubicle, shared room or private room? My main objective is to know whether the ...
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How to ask colleague to swap seats?

As a background, I am currently working as a foreigner where in 90% of my colleagues speak the local language and while the other 10% speak another language. Cut the story short, I'm the only one in ...
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Policies regarding extension cords

Is it ethical to ask for extension cords if you're only going to use them to charge your phone? My desk doesn't have a free outlet and the company is cautioning against plugging our phones to our ...
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My desk is nowhere near the team I work with, how can I handle this?

I started at a new company about 2 months ago. Its a large warehouse, so there is a main front office where my team works from their work stations. I've been working at a temporary workstation for the ...
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How to manage a person who identifies as bi-gender?

I am asking for a friend. The situation will take place in northern Europe should this matter. My friend is a manager in a multinational company and manages team of ~15 people. He has hired a high-...
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How to politely deal with the “Huh? What'cha talkin' 'bout?” co-worker?

I've got a co-worker in our group that sits one section over from the rest of the group. We're in an open office (ugh, I know) and so it is easy to have quick 1:1 conversations (work, and non-work ...
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What are the challenges/pitfalls of performing a cubicle/office reorganization?

Inspired from this question As people come and go over the years where people are located in a work space can become disjointed. It can be beneficial to move people around inside the work space in ...
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“Decorating” your office [closed]

So, I know that decorating (i.e. bringing in little knick knacks) one's office is "rite of passage" so to speak. Though what is the norm or standard usually allowed? Do you bring stuff in secretly or ...
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How to decide between jobs based on office environment?

I'm fresh out of grad school and busy interviewing for my first job (in roughly the data science field). I've interviewed at two companies, both of which look like they can offer me great experience ...
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Which way should I put pens in a container: pointing up, or down? [closed]

On my desk, I have a ceramic container with pens in it. I would like to know which way is more appropriate, pointing the pens up or down. If the pens are pointed down, it would be "safer", but it ...
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Requesting Cubicle Change due to Noisy Coworkers

Backstory: For the past 2+ years, I've been with the same company. They brought me through college, and essentially trained me. My time with them began with a summer internship. During my time ...
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Stuck in a 'Jittery Jeff' situation — poorly positioned cube is stressing me out [duplicate]

My company recently moved to a fancy new office space, whose aesthetic the bosses are very enamored with. Unfortunately, some elements of the space's function do not approach its aesthetic appeal: in ...
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Should I make tea for everyone in my open plan office? [closed]

I work in a reasonably small open plan office with around 20 people. For context, if it's relatively quiet, you can hear everyones' conversations. General etiquette says that when I want a tea (or ...
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Office Layout: desk against a wall? [closed]

My company is moving to a new building and I'm moving into a 10'x10' office. I'm contemplating furniture arrangement and I'm very tempted to put my desk against the wall. It will be the same wall as ...
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How to add an additional employee to an office? [closed]

We are seven in our office room. The company will be acquired by a larger company soon. In order to buy new computers, the company should say how many people is in each office. The office manager ...
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Starting/moving to a new office: how to make team feel their input is taken into account without turning it into design by committee?

I manage a team of 10 engineers, and after 3 years we are finally moving our engineering office outside the plant. Everybody is looking forward to it, and I have opened the process by putting all my ...
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Is it Bad Form to use an Ecigarette or Vaporizor in the office?

I am a software developer and some of my co-workers took up e-cigarettes (vaping) in the office to replace their cigarette habits. I did the same thing after getting manager approval. I asked my co-...
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How can I find jobs which have private offices?

One thing I've learned about myself is that I'm incompatible with the new trend towards "open floorplan" workspaces in tech companies. It makes me miserable and unproductive. (Don't take this to ...
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Tomfoolery in the office

I have recently joined a company and after a few months of settling in, there is now a habit for the senior guys to fire 'nerf' gun bullets across the room. What's alarming is that they all (the ...
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Being blocked from joining the main office [closed]

I work in a separate office, along with my manager, to the rest of our small company (total 6 employees). It is causing a number of issues including being left out of decision making, not being able ...
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Cubicle assigned seating in office, requesting change in the face of refusal

Given an open office layout with low-barrier cubicles setup in rows and a management assigned seating plan, how reasonable is it to request a seating change? The seating was assigned during a recent ...
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Should I expect my boss to knock and wait for an answer before entering my office? [closed]

We work in an environment where we have enclosed offices. Our office doors have small windows in them so it's possible to see when someone is in the office, and it's also possible to see who's ...
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Cubicle in a high traffic area & issues

My colleague and I work in the same cube. The main issue is that our cube is located in a high traffic area. There is a walking isle in front (blocked by front walls) and behind us is entirely open. ...
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Do different seating arrangements in an office affect performance of employees?

Consider following seating arrangements: A) B) C) **Key:** Red Circle: Person Brown Rectangle: Table Blue Line: Window Black Protrusion: Door For example, in the last office I worked we sit like ...
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Work environment - open spaces, noise, and distraction [closed]

I recently turned down a job offer at what seemed like a great company because of their work environment. They have a large, open workspace, and it's fairly noisy. There's not much personal space, and ...
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Numbered rooms in the workplace

What are the disadvantages (if any) to having numbered rooms in an office? Numbering rooms is obviously helpful as a way to navigate to a room and to unambiguously talk about a precise room. Are ...
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Open space office for team work? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there evidence to suggest that certain office layouts are better than others for productivity? An argument I often hear to justify open space office layout is that, being ...
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Is there evidence to suggest that certain office layouts are better than others for productivity?

Joel Spolsky is pretty famous for advocating private offices for workers, particularly software developers (see here, here or here for example). I've also read that Microsoft generally has private ...
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What is the best way to arrange three desks so we don't kick each other?

So there are three desks at my workplace, for three developers. The problem is, right now, we have them arranged like so: Do you see the problem yet? Well, I'm sitting in position A. and there's ...