My organization is getting ready to move into a new headquarters office, consolidating the workforce into one building from two buildings. In an effort to increase collaboration and synergy, there will be far more open space workstations than individual offices.
I’m all for that. I don’t so much need an office as much as I just need the paycheck, benefits, and
time away from my family a chance to enhance my professional skills.
An important element of the transition to the new space is office etiquette rules for the open space environment. And one of the tools we will use to be respectful of personal space is availability cards:
Of course, one of my (very funny and snarky) colleagues covertly created this set of signs, which she thinks will be much more useful:
Her signs got me to thinking about what my top availability status signs might be. And after careful introspection … here they are:
And perhaps this system would work well for me at home also:
Yep. No sign of dinner. Especially if it is up to me to make it.