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Open plan and the secret ballot

Ruth Armstrong
Med J Aust 2002; 177 (11): 619.
Published online: 2 December 2002

Having recently succumbed to the Open Plan Office, the MJA team have grown used to knowing just that little bit more about each other. After a couple of weeks spent in silence with the occasional stifled exclamation, furtive internal office emails and hasty retreats from the building to allow hushed conversations on mobile phones, we grew to like the new arrangements. Personally, I think it's important that we fully experience each other's childcare disasters, partners' nicknames, banking problems, travel plans and favourite humming tunes. So much so that I frequently function as a relay station for those hearing-impaired among us who miss things. But, how to have a secret ballot in the new environment...

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