Yesterday, we received an email question that raises a topic I hadn’t really thought about:
I recently graduated college with my Bachelor’s in Communications and was offered an internship at a local PR firm. Two months into my four month internship, they offered me a job, which I graciously accepted. I am very happy here! My colleagues are wonderful people with diverse personal and professional backgrounds.
Around the time that they hired me full time, they also hired a new Assistant Account Manager. She and I have become very close. She was telling me about her last job and how it was louder than it is here. We are apparently a very quiet firm. A few of my colleagues have recently expressed an interest in being a more interactive office.
We have a suggestion box in the kitchen where you can make requests anonymously. We were talking about suggesting that we liven things up a bit. How should we go about making this suggestion?
A noisy vs. a quiet office is definitely a personal preference. The first internship I had in New York City was in an office with four other people who were silent. You could literally hear a pin drop. This was hard for me because personally I enjoy chatting and socializing with others throughout the day.
The agency I currently work at I would say is in the middle. You hear people talking and a ton of things going on, but that doesn’t mean that the office is ‘œloud’. It’s relatively quiet within your cube but it’s not dead silent where everyone stares at you if you ask a question.
You should definitely go about suggesting specific things that will liven up the office. This could include:
- Mini brainstorms throughout the day
- Open conversations to bounce new ideas off each other
- Play music! We did this in my old office
- Snack breaks
- Bring pets to work- I heard this happens
What other ideas can you come up with to liven up the office? Do you prefer a noisy or quiet workplace?