Stop trying to fix open plan offices

stick figure sitting next to a loud speaker making a whoosh sound

I recently read a New York Times article about how companies are tweaking open plan workspaces to make them less irritating. The problem is that workers don’t have privacy or quiet in a cubicle farm. The most creepy solution is from Autodesk where they secretly play a whooshing noise throughout the building. Holy crap, that is disturbing. I have a better idea, give people offices you cheapskates!

I was about to write an essay on this topic, but then I remembered that I already did.

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About the Author:

Jeff Butterworth is the founder of Alien Skin Software. He used to create the products, but now he does marketing and gets coffee for the programmers.

One Comment

  1. Ellen June 3, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Play white noise to try to cover the noisy conversations all around? Yep, that ought to work. LOL!

    Thanks very much for both highly relevant articles, Jeff.

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