I enjoy having a walled office, some days I get to work in uninterrupted silence which allows for crazy productivity when writing code. Unfortunately there are very few days of uninterrupted silence; this is in part due to the fact that I work in an office with glass walls. Here are a few issues I have encountered working in a structure such as this:
- If I close my office door to concentrate, it is a futile effort because if someone sees me in my office, they just open the door and walk in. Or, they will stand and wave at me until I look at them and then they mouth the phrase “Can I come in?”
- The walls do not block out sound well. If I am having a conversation on the phone, someone walking nearby will stop, come into my office and begin speaking in response to the conversation I am having on the phone.
- When people walk by my office, they feel they need to say something to me each time they pass for some reason, my guess is it’s because they see me and feel a greeting is in order.
There is one really nice benefit of having glass walls, I can write notes and code on the walls with glass markers, having such a huge space to write on is fantastic for planning big projects.