Open floor plan makes things open
That’s true. You can see people and approach them as and when you need.
But here are the things
- Bad air conditioning
- Wandering eyes
Open floor plans mean there are tables and people sitting on them in groups. It means a few rooms for meetings, private chats, interviews etc.
The less number of rooms makes it very difficult to keep the useless chatter down. When the number of rooms is increased, the availability becomes bottleneck. Any sizable company (of people) and you’d have to fight of the rooms.
The open floor plan and telephones
Usually, open floor doesn’t permit a phone on each desk. Some companies (corporations) allow phone on desk. That creates a problem. Then people have tendencies of not moving away from the screen and keep talking from their seats.
I am always inclined to give a wide berth to important and emergency calls, but it really doesn’t make sense for 45 minutes long conversations.
Note: I have problem with people talking on phone in office cabs. It’s a small, cramped area; please!
This is still fine, but here comes the real bummer: People who have been long in company talk way too openly and usually on speaker phone. Ahhh, that sucks more than anything else.
I get headaches if I hear two or more conversations at one time. It’s like my brain tries to figure out things sub-consciously. It hurts a lot.
This was the rant about the telephones in the open floor plan. I am going to talk about open floor air conditioning next.
Bad Air Conditioning.
Air conditioning is boon for the countries, localities which fall between 23 degree North and South Latitude on Earth. But, in open floor plans, AC suck big time.
Almost all the time, there will be one place in office that’s too cold and one place that’s too hot. This is a simple problem with the the way AC is delivered.
The main problem arises from traveling in those zones. Both places exist in all the office in all the world. You are not glued to your desk, you have to walk from point A to point B; Bam! you just got cold.
You have to go for lunch on the roof? Bam! temperature change. Bam! cold.
You have to go to bathroom/washroom/powder room. Guess what? No AC there. Or AC at different setting.
Sure you want me to wear jacket. I wore it, then I had to step out to the place where temperature was a little bit more. Guess what? Perspiration. Came back to my seat, guess what? Too cold. Got sick!
That has happened to a lot of people a lot many times.
To be updated. Ran out of steam!