Working in an open office workspace as opposed to a traditional private office brings with it unique challenges to productivity and efficiency. Learning how to take advantage of the opportunities that an open office space provides is key, and learning to adjust your work day is important. Here are this NYC Professional Office Organizer’s tips to making the most of your open office workspace.
Manage your noise. We’ve talked about the importance of focusing amidst the potential noise in an open office, but it’s equally as important to manage your own sound. Be mindful of how sound can carry in your space, and any specific noise policies. Use headphones when you are on conference calls or listening to a webinar. Pay attention to times of the day that are noisier in your space, then make sure you schedule important calls during other times if possible or plan
to move to another location when it’s time for the call if needed.
Know when you work best. Plan your day according to your own work cycles. If you are more productive in the morning and have a solo project to complete, schedule a private space at that time. If you work best collaborating in the afternoon, then make sure you are available at that time.
Leave no trace. If you are working in a shared space, make sure that when you are done working you leave the workspace as if nobody had used it. Clean up any wrappers, wipe down your space if needed, log off a shared computer, and push in your chair. If other people are working in the same space, you want them to do the same for you!
Embrace your space. If you are working in an open office space, then take advantage of it! Don’t just try and find time to slip into quieter spaces to work or constantly plug in the headphones, instead embrace the open office concept and the opportunity for relationship building and collaboration.
By applying these tips for working in an open office workspace, you’ll be able to take advantage of everything it has to offer! For more office organizing strategies, reach out to this NYC Professional Office Organizer.