The Case Against Open-Office

"The open office was originally conceived by a team from Hamburg, Germany, in the nineteen-fifties, to facilitate communication and idea flow. But a growing body of evidence suggests that the open office undermines the very things that it was designed to achieve."
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"The employees suffered according to every measure: the new space was disruptive, stressful, and cumbersome, and, instead of feeling closer, coworkers felt distant, dissatisfied, and resentful. Productivity fell."
-- Maria Konnikova, emphasis added
Found via HN. Yup, the peril of open-office towards productivity. The main culprit still is the noise, or the distraction caused by it. I've mentioned about this issue few months back and the approaches taken to mitigate this. My current strategies to regain back my productivity are:

First, switching back to headphone. Earmuff did not work for me. Also, installed Spotify and build my music collection. Listening to music while working did help in blocking office intrusion but at a price, prolonged exposure to music may cause long-term hearing damage.

Second, consistent Pomodoro session. 25 minutes coding, 5-plus minutes walking around office area. Seemed to work for me this past few days as I made more commit and felt more productive. This approach off course was to counter the short attention span issue due to noise distraction and office idiocy.

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