Intimidating office

In a cubicle or small office environment, you can overhear every conversation. If a coworker of yours (who you want to help) is trapped in a bad conversation with another coworker or manager, call his/her phone and talk to them.Save your coworkers from bad conversations and they'll repay the favor to you some day.

First, choose a floor plan to maximize the amount of time it takes for a manager to approach and get around your desk.

Second, make the furniture placement as intimidating as possible. A naive way to arrange your office would be to stick the desk next to the wall and the table in the remaining space.

If you have two desks, you can make a very intimidating office by barracading yourself in at one end of the room.

The large desk area gives the impression you actually need that large a working space to do your tasks.

By adhering to these rules, you can be assured that anyone who fucks with your turf will have a very hard time doing it, provided they have the balls to do it in the first place.

Most of these rules apply to people in offices, but can be adapted to cubicles or other work areas.

The problem here is to fill the empty space with something so it doesn't look like you're occupying half an office, such as a bookcase or another desk.

Besides the overt defensive manuevers you can pull off with furniture placement, you can intimidate anyone into submission the moment they step into your office with a little help from your surrounding environment.

And this still doesn't solve the issue of turning around to talk to anyone in your office.

A better idea is to put your desk as far away from the door as possible with you facing the door.

And while I definitely don’t believe that open office plans magically create divine levels of collaboration, I don’t agree with Jason’s proposition that giving everyone in every company their own private room is a good solution.

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