In today’s modern workplace, more offices use an open layout. A reduction in, or a complete lack of, personal space calls for a few new rules to keep everyone happy. We’ve come up with some open office etiquette rules you need to know for thriving in the modern workplace. Here are some common problems as well as some practical solutions for each:
1) Respect Others Privacy
While open office benching utilizes the office space more efficiently and promotes an environment of collaboration, basic privacy can be lacking which can make your employees uncomfortable.
Make sure you provide your team with enough phone rooms and booths so they can have important meetings and calls in private.
2) Clean Spaces = Happy Spaces
A cluttered space shows to outside viewers that you’ve done some work, but with an open office layout, clutter can intrude on others’ workspaces. Recently, we published a blog post and video on tips for a more tidy workspace.
With employees being in closer proximity, the spread of germs and sickness only increases. Consider clearly stated protocols for sick employees that protect and prevent for a happier and healthier workplace.
3) Minimize Noise
Implementing an open office layout will invite more noise regardless of the situation. To combat this, consider sound management systems like white noise, sound masking, and acoustical panels. Visit workspace.digital for more information on how sound masking works.
4) Know the Power of Scent
We all love the nostalgic smell of a college dorm room. However, show respect to your colleagues by being mindful of colognes, perfumes, and strong smelling perfumes. Don’t forget about allergies! An open office can increase the risk of contact with allergens which can be deadly.
Remember the Golden rule, treat people the way you want to be treated. Show empathy, and be aware that your etiquette at work may need to shift as you move into a more open office environment. Learn more about trends, technologies, and resources you can implement into your office by visiting BOS.com.
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