10 minutes to… Deal With Deskmates
Sharing a table or row of desks with someone can be fun – or a total nightmare. Here are four ways to make your work friendships last…
1 Team up
You might be sat near the loudest/quietest/most annoying person but pair up on a project to understand them and make your life easier.
2 Create a partition
That’s right, Lord Of The Fliesstyle. Draw a line across the desk and insist that any objects crossing that line will either be destroyed or repossessed. It may sound extreme but you’ve got to be strict otherwise you might find your deskmate’s mess spreading like wildfire across your work space. Setting boundaries will keep your friendship tight in the long run. Honest.
3 The headphones policy The likelihood is that you’ve been forced to cohabit with someone else because your roles are linked in some way. In order to keep bickering and distractions to a minimum, enforce the headphones policy. That’s to say, do not disturb the headphones wearer unless it’s important.
4 Push for hot-desking
As in all close relationships, from time to time you’ll need to escape your desk partner. Hot-desking and flexible working hours are becoming increasingly popular in all sorts of workplaces, so do take advantage of these new ways of working or request that your boss enforces this style of seating once a week on a trial basis.
Set the rules so your colleague’s stuff doesn’t encroach on your territory