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February 14, 2007
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about 3 years ago
Yeah, similar here. A lot of us have wingmirrors on our monitors, and it's pretty common for someone to walk up behind us (visible in the mirror) and wait for us to turn around. It's a decent balance between wanting not to disturb someone overly and needing an answer to unblock oneself.
Sorry, I should clarify the above - I don't think the speaker is the problem, I think the culture is the problem. And as someone who's being forced from a decent small-teams-offices structure to a 120-person open floor, it's something that my group are likely to see first-hand... :(
"I’ve found it to be pretty nice to be able to shout in a particular direction depending on what kind of advice I need. And of course if I need to focus undisturbed I’ll just pop in some earphones."
...yeah, that's my problem with working in open-plan right there. I can disrupt you whenever I like, but if I need to focus I can shut you out.
No public wish lists :(