Thinking Time & Hats
The introduction of the open plan system has made all members of staff
more accessible. The disadvantage of this is that it is difficult to maintain
concentration on any one topic for very long before one is interrupted. In
order to help this situation, it is proposed that caps be worn to indicate
that the wearer is not to be disturbed. Below are some guidelines in the use
- It is recommended that a short break is taken every hour. Hats should be
removed for the duration of the break.
- A person wearing a hat should be treated as if he/she is in a meeting.
There will be occasions where the importance of a message requires that the
person needs to be interrupted, these occasions should be
- Ensure that there is always someone in a section to answer queries
& telephones. i.e. put telephones on call forward rather than not answer
- It is good practice to book quiet time in one's diary, as if it were a
meeting. If you are a user of Lotus Organiser this will also allow others to
see what time you will become available.
- If you do not have Organiser then the time when the Cap is due to come
off should be displayed.
GEC-Marconi baseball caps will be provided for all staff in Building 25
Floor 1 in the near future. For those people who do not wish to wear hats an
alternative indicator will be provided, probably a badge.
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