I just need to get this off my chest. I work in an office where we only have 1/2 height walls with no wall towards the aisle. Most people sit with the backs of their monitors facing the aisle – so they’re looking out into the aisle.
Why is this psychologically damaging? It is a pose that looks inviting to the casual observer. It is deceiving and has tricked me on more than one occasion.
You have to look for the casual signs that someone is not available for a quick conversation. People have headsets when on the phone, but sometimes you can’t tell if they have a headset on. Some people hang a sign on their monitor to let people know they’re on the phone. Some of those people just leave their sign on ALL the time – which makes it blend into the environment or less reliable. One person even has a sign up 100% of the time that says “DO NOT DISTURB.” Yes, it is in all caps.