People walking in and out of your office can be distracting, especially when you are focusing on an important task at that moment. But what can you do to prevent people from walking in and out of your office?
You can simply put up ‘’do not disturb’’ signs that would let people know that you do not want to be distracted when you are in your office.
These ‘’do not disturb’’ signs help, especially if you are in a shared office space where more people are there and they are likely to interfere in your workflow.
With these signs, your working environment would be more serene and you would not be disturbed often because people have already seen the ‘’do not disturb’’ sign at the entrance.
Here are 30 polite do not disturb signs for office
- Knock before coming in
- Hold, work in progress
- Programmer at work
- Privacy needed
- Doors remain closed
- Restricted area
- Non-staff are not allowed in
- Do not enter
- Do not disturb
- Men at work
- Call before coming in
- Keep off, work in progress
- Women at work, do not disturb
- Stay off
- Keep calm in this area
- Coding, do not interfere
- Kindly wait before entering
- No uninvited guests allowed
- Do not disturb unless it is an emergency
- Act like I am not here, do not disturb
- Silence, meeting in progress
- Busy office, keep off
- No entry
- Kindy silence your phones
- Not available, check back later
- Not available, come back tomorrow
- Do not knock or ring the bell
- My doors are open, except now
- Please keep off
1. Knock before coming in
With a sign like this, you can place it just at the entrance of your office so that those coming in would see that you are in your workspace and you do not want to be disturbed.
This sign was written in all caps so that it would be easy to read. If this sign is at your entrance, those coming in cannot say that they did not see the ‘’do not disturb’’ sign.
With this, you would have fewer people coming in to distract you while you are at work. You would focus more with fewer distractions. This is a sign you can adopt.
2. Hold, Work in progress
Once your co-workers see the ‘’hold’’ sign at your entrance, it would give them a hint that you are at work and you do not want to be distracted.
With this, you can focus more at work without your colleagues distracting you. It is a polite ‘’do not disturb’’ indication that you can put it in a visible place, preferably at the entrance of your office or where people are likely to see it often.
3. Programmer at Work
When you have this sign at the entrance of your workspace or office, especially as a programmer who needs a high level of focus and attention at work, you do not need to be distracted at work.
With this, you can code as much as you want without bothering about who would disturb your workflow.
4. Privacy needed
It is better when you put a ‘’I need some privacy’’ sign at a place where those passing by can easily see it. That way, people around there would understand that you need some privacy and you do not want to be disturbed while you are at work.
When they see this, they would not make any further moves to interfere with your workflow. This sign would be of great help to you at your workplace.
5. Doors remain closed
This is a sign that says that the doors remain closed and no one is allowed to enter. With a sign like this, people will not be eager to come in.
Once they see that the doors remain closed, they would rather not disturb or attempt to come in. You can use this polite sign at your office.
6. Restricted area
This makes people know in that workspace that the area is restricted and people are not allowed to loiter around there.
With a sign like this, you will have fewer people loitering around your work area. You can work peacefully without any distractions.
7. Non-staff are not allowed in
This sign simply says that non-staff are not allowed in, with a sign like this, anyone who is not a staff member will not bother coming in, they may not even bother asking questions or knocking, the sign is enough to let them know that non-staff are not allowed in.
8. Do not enter
This is polite and straightforward, it simply tells people that no one should enter. It does not matter if you are a staff or not, no one is allowed to enter at that time. You can use this in your office and it will benefit you.
9. Do not disturb
This sign shows that you do not want any form of disturbance in your workspace or office. Once people around see this ‘’do not disturb’’ sign, they would not bother to go into the office.
10. Men at work
This shows that men are at work and they do not want to be disturbed at all, with a sign like this, you are less likely to have people disturb you when you work.
This helps you stay focused on your work and you would not have to deal with people disturbing you.
This shows that you do not want noise in that workspace or office. When this sign is put up, you will have a quieter office and you would enjoy the serene environment. Nothing is as good as having a serene environment.
12. Call before coming in
This shows that you do not want to have guests at that moment, but if it is urgent, the person should call before coming in. That way, you would be able to decide if you want to person in or not.
13. Keep off, work in progress
This shows that work is in progress and people should keep off from that area. You do not want any sort of disturbance. That way, people would adhere strictly and keep off.
14. Women at work, do not disturb
This can be used in a place where women work. If you do not want people to disturb you, simply put up the sign that women are at work in that area and you would appreciate it if they don’t disturb you.
15. Stay off
This simple sign says that people should stay off and you do not want people in that area. Once you put the ‘’stay off’’ sign, they would adhere to it.
16. Keep calm in this area
This shows that you want your work area to be calm and cool, you do not want noise because it would be a distraction to you. Once they see it, they would remain calm and not make so much noise.
17. Coding, do not interfere
If you are a programmer and you work in a public workspace, you need as much silence as possible, that is why you need to put this sign up there so that people would not interfere in your workflow.
18. Kindly wait before entering
Sometimes, you do not need people to disturb your workflow, you can put up a sign telling them to wait before entering. That way, you can decide if you want to see them or not. This is a polite sign that you can use.
19. No uninvited guests are allowed
If you are at your office and you do not want any uninvited guests, you can simply put up this sign. That way, uninvited guests would keep off.
20. Do not disturb unless it is an emergency
This sign says that you do not want to be disturbed unless it is an emergency, this way, only limited people would get access to you.
21. Act like I am not here, do not disturb
This sign is a funny but polite one, you are only passing a message that people should not disturb you while you work.
22. Silence, meeting in progress
You can use this if you are having a meeting in your office and you do not want disturbance, simply put up the sign that the meeting is in progress and there should be silence.
23. Busy office, keep off
This sign says it all, the office is busy and people should keep off.
24. No entry
This shows that this office does not allow anyone in at all. Anyone who has no business there would not have to come in.
25. Kindy silence your phones
Phones can be such a distraction especially when it is loud. With a sign like this, people around your office would remember to keep their phones off to avoid distraction.
26. Not available, check back later
This is a way of telling people that you are not available and that they should come back later if they want to have anything to say to you.
27. Not available, come back tomorrow
This is a polite way of telling people that you are not available at that moment, they can come back the next day.
28. Do not knock or ring the bell
Sometimes, the doorbell can be disturbing. If you do not want the doorbell to disturb you while you are working, simply put up a sign telling people to not knock or ring the doorbell.
29. My doors are open, except now
This is another polite way of telling them to not disturb you, that way, they understand that you are usually available, but not at that moment.
30. Please keep off
This is a simple way of telling people to keep off, you do not have to deal with people loitering around your office when you are at work. This will keep them away.
All the ‘’do not disturb’’’ signs that I have explained in this article would help if you work in an office and you want to minimize the rate at which people disturb you.
All you need to do is to put up any of these signs where it is visible, people would adhere to it.