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Do you like to work in your own office or do you actually prefer to be together with coworkers at a desk–island? Most companies create open spaces, known as open plan offices. That means that employees no longer have separate offices. They work at desk-islands together with coworkers.
Working at a desk-island is said to be stressful because employees do not have enough privacy. Your coworkers are literally watching everything you do, maybe even commenting on it. Too much background noise and distraction is also bad for performance. Coworkers who talk loudly on the telephone can seriously disrupt the concentration of others. At the same time, however, an open plan office creates more openness among the employees. That is good for the team spirit.
For companies, an open plan office is attractive in economic terms. Employees sometimes work part-time or telework. Providing an individual office for each one of them can be expensive. The tasks that they carry out are also an important factor. For a job that requires highly precise and accurate work, for example, verifying figures, a private office without noise from coworkers is probably best. But the most important parameter remains the individual employee:
What matters the most in any case is that you are happy in your job. You spend a lot of time at the office. You might as well enjoy it. It’s important to have a sense of ‘a place of one’s own’. Some people decorate their office with a plant or framed family photos. In an individual office, this is never a problem but it also has to be possible in an open plan office.