„Their solution is to designate periods of quiet time throughout the day.

When I ran the idea by everyone they all thought it was worth a shot. After all, it was free to try and we could start immediately. We then came up with the rules:

1st quiet period: 10:30 to noon.

2nd quiet period: 2 – 4 pm.

During those times:

No casual talking. Conversations must be taken to the conference-room or outside.

Any necessary talking is done at a whisper at the other person’s desk and not across the room.

If you have to ask someone a question, try to wait till quiet time is over.*

Since what we’re really after isn’t just silence but the minimizing of distraction, limit instant messaging as well.“

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