Open-space offices suck. There is no other word, I am sorry. NO OTHER WORD. I had actually forgotten what the feeling was like to work in such a space.
- A space were you can't tell one word without everybody listening in.
- A space were even the best of air-conditioning is helpless - somewhere around noon it gets sticky and it stays sticky: too many people. Too many computers. Too many printers.There is the other version as well: a space were it doesn't get sticky around noon but it stays cold, very cold, the whole day. Nothing in between.
- A space were it is difficult to concentrate. It gets easier with time (I remember from other jobs) but now that I am working on texts mostly, concentration is an important tool (errors in texts are easily missed). I am not sure how high productivity is in open-space offices...
- A space were you don't get one second of privacy. I know, I know. It's a job and you're not supposed to get "private matters" done. But hey, we're humans, right? One has to call a doctor, a dentist (imagine calling your gynecologist!!!) or a friend. Right? Right? I am not saying that I want to deal with private matters the whole day. I am there to work, I agree, but some phone calls have to be done during office hours. Right? Hearing this, friends of mine who work in factories, would openly laugh at me and telling me that I am spoiled. THEY don't get time and space for private matters either! Or the guy who is taring the highway? (just as an example) No time either. Totally no time.
OK, enough ranting. I am quiet now. I feel better actually. Much better :-)
PS: And even though I work in an open-space office in my second job, I still like it, the job, I mean :-)