10 Rules for Surviving Your Open Plan Office

Check Out Moveable Furniture
This office has some moveable furniture that can be shifted for private meetings. © Corbis

Many employees find open offices distracting. Yes, they can be great when you want to collaborate with a large group of people. But if you often work alone, or in small groups of two or three, the swirling conversations, noises and general hubbub of an enormous open office with dozens of employees can be overwhelming. This is where movable furniture can make a big impact at a limited cost. Movable furniture consists of desks, tables, filing cabinets and partitions that can be rearranged into innumerable office configurations. The pieces may be on wheels or stationary, but are easy to move; often, a new set-up can be created within minutes [source: Southwest Solutions Group]. If your company is willing to invest in at least some movable furniture, you and your colleagues can work collaboratively when it's helpful, then return to your own spaces when the project or need is over. It's the best of both worlds, really.