I just moved into a different office building on our four-building campus, and into smaller cubicles with low walls. I now feel claustrophobic as we are packed into this space, and I am far less productive because it actually encourages socialization. (And they thought that the low walls would increase productivity because you can’t really surf the net.) Every time I stand up I look two of my co-workers right in the eye. How can you not at least say hi to them? And, whenever anyone walks by it’s the same thing. So public, you can’t help but start a conversation.
So I now sit next to some customer service folks who are truly great at their jobs. Very compassionate and professional. However, one of them is so loud that I cannot concentrate. She is on the phone all day and I overhear all of these customers’ personal problems. It’s awful. Just when I thought I had mastered the art of the tune out, I can’t focus!
Any tips for me?