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Old 03-29-2016, 05:58 AM   #46
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Nice, something about how awesome open floor plans are.
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:14 AM   #47
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How open floor plans spur creativity.
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Old 03-29-2016, 09:35 AM   #48
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You should devise a clip on roll up window that you could roll up when you want privacy. Maybe get one of those suction cup mounted shades for those hang over mornings.
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Old 03-29-2016, 05:31 PM   #49
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A giant white board with a bunch of flow chart nonsense on it that people will be too embarrassed to ask about.
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Old 03-29-2016, 06:48 PM   #50
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Benefits:
1. You no longer need to wonder about your cow orkers' work ethics and if they really work harder/better/faster/more efficiently than you.

2. erm
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Old 03-29-2016, 11:02 PM   #51
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Start wearing a sombrero and just tilt your head when you want privacy.
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Old 03-30-2016, 08:34 PM   #52
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Use chalk markers to create a points chart on the glass partition with one column for each cow orker. Add points at random without saying anything.
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Old 03-30-2016, 09:14 PM   #53
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There's a solution you probably used when you were much younger and have since forgot about. You'll need a blanket and a flashlight...

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Old 03-30-2016, 11:08 PM   #54
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Not everyone likes cubicles either...
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Old 04-22-2016, 10:40 AM   #55
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I've been in this shared office of four for two weeks at this point.

I can say, without hesitation, that I"m interrupted far more often than I was. People stop by to chat with us, and we chat with one another. It goes in fits and spurts, but the natural flow of things is that when you are pushing through a short project, and you get through, then you want to relax a little and chat for a while. But maybe the other person isn't at the same point in their work flow. No matter! They can just pause what they are doing and be social for a while. And of course, the reverse is true too. You can pause and chat politely too, even if you are in the middle of something.

We've been focused a lot on punch list items related to moving in to the space in general. Not just this office, but other rooms. So I don't have a sense of how well the normal business is getting done because we are already distracted by that.

Here's a selfie while my cow orkers are focused.
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Could be much worse. Nobody can see what's on my computer screen. And I went from a single 19 inch monitor to dual 22 inch ones.
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Old 04-22-2016, 07:40 PM   #56
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It's Jake from State Farm!
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Old 04-22-2016, 07:43 PM   #57
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I have an office with a door, and somedays, I can't get 5 minutes in a row without someone needing something. Really annoying if I'm drilled down into layers of formulae in excel. Or trying to put together a funding package for a complex deal.... But mostly, it makes the day go by faster. Have you noticed that effect yet? I've read that productivity increases when work is done in 50 minute spurts with 10 minute breaks between.
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Old 04-22-2016, 07:45 PM   #58
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And how are you adjusting to this at this point, Tony? Is it getting better or worse?
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Old 04-22-2016, 08:50 PM   #59
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He can't practice the bass in the office anymore.
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Old 04-22-2016, 09:25 PM   #60
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It's still killing me. But whaddya gonna do? I'm trying to adapt in different ways. I take fake bathroom breaks with my phone and stuff.
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