How to Stay Focused in an Open Office

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Whatever our work environment is, we need to stay on task and focused throughout the day. When we allow ourselves to become too distracted, our work suffers. We either neglect things we need to get done or let the quality of our work to slip. Employees face distractions whether they work at home, in a private office or at an office with an open plan

If you work in an office with an open floor plan and are having trouble concentrating at work, we’re here to help!

Working in an Open Plan Office

Working in an open plan office has its own unique benefits. If you’re not familiar with this style of office, employees work together in one big room instead of having their own private office. Employees can have a closed cubicle or even just a desk. However, management usually still has their own private offices.

Open plan offices have become very popular in recent years because they offer advantages over other office setups. With — literally — no walls separating employees, many managers believe that open floor plans promote better communication through increased coordination and collaboration. If you have a question for a coworker, you only have to walk a few desks away or even just ask if they’re sitting right by you. When your coworkers are more accessible, it can make getting your job done a lot easier.

Tips for Working in an Open Office

Even though open plan offices offer unique benefits, it also causes more distractions. Here are some of our best pieces of advice on how to have better focus at work:

  • Plug In: One of the universal signals for “let me be” is wearing headphones or earbuds. When you’re wearing them, most people know to leave you alone unless it is very important. And on top of that, it helps drown out extra noise going on in the office. When there aren’t any walls separating you from your coworkers, you hear everything. That noise can become a problem, and headphones help block it out.
  • Put Up a Sign: If you don’t want to wear headphones or earbuds all day, you can create a different type of sign to let your coworkers know to let you work. You can use an actual “do not disturb” sign or use a different type of signal. If you want to try this out, just be sure to talk to a manager beforehand and then let your coworkers know to leave you alone when the sign is out there.
  • Take Breaks: If you need to force yourself to focus, you need a break. Walking away from your work for a little bit can help a lot more than working all day long. Taking a break will help refresh your brain, and when you start working again, you can get back on track.
  • Create Designated Quiet Areas: If you have a big space, talk to management about creating a part of the office as a quiet space. If someone is working there, it means they do not want to be disturbed and need some time to work alone.

At SnapCab, we’ve developed a solution to enjoying the perks of an open plan office without the problems. Our SnapCab Pod® gives employees a private workspace that is portable, easily assembled and convenient. Learn more about Pods by contacting us today.