Editor’s Note (18 December 2017): Through to the end of the year, BBC Capital is bringing back some of your favourite stories from 2017.
If you’re reading this at work, chances are your colleague can peer over your shoulder and read it as well. Such is life in the open office.
Last week, our story about why open offices are bad for us drew a large response from readers — it seems, when it comes to the open-plan workspace, everyone has an opinion. We followed up on Facebook, asking readers to share the worst parts of working in an open office.
We received a lot of interesting and insightful replies about working life in close quarters — here are some of our favourites.
The case of TMI
In an open office, many of us have no choice but to deal with noise and other people’s discussions. For some, it’s unwanted insight into colleagues’ personal lives or confidential company information.