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Working in an overcrowded cubicle office space

Hello all,

I work within a large multinational institution. Several of our divisions have now all moved into one large open office space in a series of cubicles. My question is:

Can anyone offer any tips to encourage staff to keep their noise levels down and appreciate people around them. Everyone will be in this area by Monday and I am pre-empting a chaotic mess, particularly since we have people from more than a dozen cultures packed in together.

Just wondering if any one has any best practices for dealing with this? I've got some ideas but wondered if there were any others before I recommend them to the incoming swarm??



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... I've never heard of this...

SteveC;7085 wrote:

I've never heard of this technique being used since. Anyone else ever come across it? Does it work?

I used to work in a therapy clinic whose offices had no ceilings. A white noise machine was used so the sessions would be private. The machine they used had an impact, but not enough of one. If the therapist & clinic talked in whispers or soft voices, you'd have to strain pretty hard to discern what was being said. A naturally loud talker would have no privacy. Even a medium-range voice wouldn't totally be covered by the machine. It's possible that the machine they used was a cheap version and that you could get more mileage from a more expensive model. I do remember that the machine we used was small, about the size of one of those small, cube-sized personal heaters.




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