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Occasionally, say once a month, bring in lunch into a common area and let everyone put their feet up for an hour and just relax.Don't waste money on oh-So-Fancy food, but let everyone toss in their ideas for http://www.rajpauljewellers.co.uk/ what to get, then vote on it.Do that a few times and you'll find out what are everyone's favorites.Don't use the time to harangue the employees or do pep talks.Use it for brainstorming, talking about ideas for new products, or even a gripe session.Give them a chance to talk and be listened to.
Oooo, here's a thought, combine code-Reviews and nerf guns over food at lunch.Someone writes some code that sucks they get nerfed by the rest of the team. : -)
Bring in a refrigerator, and stock it with some decent sodas and bottled water.Yeah, it'll cost the company a couple bucks, but the people tend to chill out a bit when they can get up, saunter over to the 'fridge, grab a cold rootbeer or whatever, then wander back.Don't nickel and dime the employees with $.75 sodas.
Put in one of the modern coffee machines that lets people choose what type of coffee or tea they want.I gave up on coffee but love my morning green tea.We have these spread around our office area, and i don't think there's been a day go by that i didn't sear my mouth on my morning tea. : -)
And, if the standard is two monitors, do not hesitate if someone needs three;Be willing to go one more, or two with reasonable justification.I currently have two, and am waiting on an additional video card to add two more, because i'm sick of having to juggle multiple ssh shells, editors, browser windows with docs and pdf versions of my manuals, plus the company mail and chat systems.We've got systems with five and six monitors for our networking management folks, so four for a senior developer isn't extravagant.
I'd also recommend that quiet be the office policy.Some people want music and think it's their god given right to play it loud enough to http://www.rajpauljewellers.co.uk/burberry-men/burberry-sweaters.html be heard several cubes away.Wrongo.Music needs to be played through headphones and should not be audible outside their cube.
Software companies are no different than enterprise.What varies is the corporate culture.A rigid culture can be a hellish working environment and the tension and stress will burn people out.Companies are trying to reduce the effects of stress in all sorts of formal ways, but they can do it easily by lightening up a bit and letting the employees express themselves.It ok to wear t-Shirts and shorts when they not dealing with customers.It ok to shift work hours.It ok to sit on the floor and work.And, it ok to make a paper airplane, to doodle, or shoot a nerf gun.Greg nov 26 '10 at 6:38
Seeing as you have open plan hell(Well at least you have cubes, it could be worse! )One of the things you want to do is encourage everyone who has a conversation to keep their voice down.
There are some people with annoying penetrating voices(The kind that can cut glass), and it seems like about 20% of s/w developers do too.A conversation in the alleyway between cubes affects 4-6 people all around.A loud conversation in a cube affects 1-2 others.Consideration for others dictates that loud or long conversations should be taken to a meeting room where the door can be shut.Loud chats in the alleys need to be stopped.
Some people take great offence at being told to do this, and claim that it never affects them so its no big deal.Those same people probably never get"Into the zone", so of course it does not affect them.The only solution for the"Problem people"Is a peer group collectively telling them to stop their behaviour, and a management that backs this up.
Another one is desk phones-The volume should be very low.And everyone with a loud mobile phone needs to be told in no uncertain terms to wind it http://www.rajpauljewellers.co.uk/burberry-men/burberry-shoes.html back when in the office / use the vibrate option.These kind of distractions drive others crazy.
There must be management support for all this.
The only thing worse than cubes is the total-Open-Plan benches with no obstruction higher than 3 feet.That really sucks.A conversation at one desk can disrupt 30 other people(Been there, done that).