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Do any of you here successfully function in an "Open work environment"? Seems it's the norm in the workplace now: no cubicles, no offices or privacy. Only a big open area where you are squished by coworkers along long tables 24/7. It is loud, anxiety producing and distractable, especially for introverts with MI like me. Coworkers hear your phone calls, see your computer screen....and supposedly, this "encourages better communication" whatever....

I used to work at a place set up like this, couldn't hack it. Looking for a new job, but I'm really afraid that all places are like this nowadays and it makes me super anxious. I WISH I could work mainly remote, but it's not a possibility with most roles, or unless you've been at a place for a long time.  (I don't do tech/programming work that can be done remote)

Would you decline a great job in this environment? Or would you try to negotiate set remote days up front?

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I don't think I'd be able to do it.  I started off in a three-person office and even that was challenging.  My ability to focus on phone calls while other people were also on the phone was really hard.  I've since moved into a two-person office and that's better, but still problematic at times.  The hardest scenario is when we're both on the phone.  I generally try to alternate being on the phone so we aren't both talking at the same time, but that's not always possible (like if we both have a teleconference scheduled for the same time). 

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