Discussion on: 3 Things I learned transitioning from Remote to an Office

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Lindsey Kopacz Author

To be fair, these are all things I still struggle with and I'm adjusting to. I currently am in an open office, but the company is so small that our office has only 3 people in it and we are usually coding heavily and not talking much unless it's pairing. Because our lead (the one who talks to the clients) is also a developer, he understands and usually takes calls or meetings outside the office.

I do have one or two days a week where I still work from home. For example, today I had a few errands during the day, so I am working from home to help with that.

In terms of people talking, I set a boundary with my boss last Friday. Someone came in and had a "quick chat" that turned into 20 minutes. I was quite irate because I have ADHD. I simply just put on my noise cancelling head phones, listened to my music and continued coding. I told him afterwards that I hope it didn't come across as rude, but it really impacts my ability to work when people have unplanned meetings in our office. He was really cool about it and also knew that if my headphones were on I was in the zone.

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Gualtiero Frigerio

There are 10 people at the moment in my open space, a few minutes ago I was helping a colleague setting at his desk and I had an hard time hearing him... Now I'm back at my iMac with 3 people talking (work related stuff) just in front of me. Doesn't happen all the time, but still I find it really annoying.
I don't like listening to music while I work, if I love the song I find it distracting, as I'm enjoying it and paying less attention to what I'm trying to achieve. I don't feel like wearing noise cancelling headphones without sound, just to block noises. I tried, but felt weird.