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Open plan offices – again June 2, 2017

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Uncategorized.
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Is it me or is there a faintly sneering tone in the SBP to the reporting of how ‘health mandarins spurn one of Dublin’s priest office blocks’. The new Baggot Street building, described as ‘plush’ and ‘located n one of the most expensive developments in the country’ was the home of the Bank of Ireland for years, but the AHCPS have balked at the idea of open plan offices arguing that that for those working there there will be ‘distractions’. This isn’t a specious complaint either.

But the report ignores that fundamental aspect of the critique and instead focuses on location and structure of the building, which may indeed be plush but aren’t relevant to the particular issue.

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1. An Sionnach Fionn - June 2, 2017

Open plan offices are a disasterous fad whose real basis is observation. Or more accurately, spying. Spying by managers, co-workers, etc. to see what you are up to during business hours. God forbid that you might take a five minute break at your desk, or make a personal phone call, or have a chat about non-work-related stuff. I’ve gone from open-plan cubicle to a seperate work-desk and OH MY GOD it is so much more pleseant to work in. Just the head space alone, the absence of that oppressive battery farming feeling. Of course, some colleagues resent this which is why I may be soon back with the other chickens.

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WorldbyStorm - June 2, 2017

Urgghhh. I’ve been that soldier ASF, completely agree, they’re literally counterproductive.

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sonofstan - June 2, 2017

I still am. I get on OK with everyone in my 5 person office, but if I’ve lots of work to do, I get in for 7ish so I’ve two clear hours. I don’t mind too much since I’m a eary bird anyway, but it is a consequence and if i had to commute any distance it would be impossible.

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GW - June 2, 2017

Check – I hated them like the plague when I had to work in them.

Very hard to get much intensive done – headphones and music helps but that’s not always allowed / feasible, if you’re forever answering phones.

Sharing an office space with 1 to two other people does however have it’s advantages – there’s always someone around talk shite with.

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Aonrud ⚘ - June 2, 2017

I’ve found the worst of both worlds is the open office where nobody speaks directly. I never quite got used to getting emails from someone who was sitting literally inches away from me – headphones on, eyes forward – though I soon gave up turning around and answering directly.

Now I think of it, the same individual once sent me a bollocking email for stepping over to someone else’s desk to ask a question!

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2. Róisín - June 2, 2017

Does the AHCPS oppose open plan or just open plan for management?

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WorldbyStorm - June 2, 2017

It would be very very interesting to hear an answer to that question

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Róisín - June 2, 2017

Looks like it’s just for management: “Orla Corrigan of the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport said that at present, principal officers and assistant principals had their own offices. However, as a number of departments were moving buildings some would lose single offices and would either have to share offices or move to open-plan arrangements. She said the purpose of the conference motion was to ensure that staff would retain their existing terms and conditions.” https://www.rte.ie/news/2016/0506/786686-civil-servants-conference/

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WorldbyStorm - June 2, 2017

Hmmm… I think that’s too constrained.

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3. irishelectionliterature - June 2, 2017

Have been working a bit at a customer site recently…. open plan “Hot Desks” ….. awful.

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