The company I work for is moving a lot of people around. My department is moving to a new building, across the street.
I’m happy about the new building. It has 2 parking lots which wont require crossing the dangerous street we’re on.
The problem is that some wonderful corporate planner type has decided that the customer service people need to be in pods of 4. So, we get to spend 9 hours a day listening to not only our own phone but the phones of our 3 pod-mates. There are 3 pods in the row. We’re all separated by half walls. So, technically, we’ll have 12 people talking on the phone all day and 3 faxes ringing all day. The desks are also set up so that 2 of my pod mates will be behind my back. I really hate having people behind me. I startle easily so I try to maintain good line of sight on all the people around me. With the exception of one person in my pod, none of the other 10 people even work on the same products I do. We’re all used to having our own cubicles so this is going to take some major adjusting for all of us.
So, what I want to know is does anyone else work in a pod? Is it hard to get used to? Do you like it? Is the noise from your pod-mates annoying? Do you find that people in pods gossip more or less? Is there anything I can do to prepare myself for this?