The Royal Society published a Research Article by Ethan S. Bernstein and Stephen Turban about research studies on Open Offices. The research found “Contrary to common belief, the volume of face-to-face interaction decreased significantly (approx. 70%) in both cases, with an associated increase in electronic interaction. In short, rather than prompting increasingly vibrant face-to-face collaboration, open architecture appeared to trigger a natural human response to socially withdraw from officemates and interact instead over email and IM (Instand Messaging).“
Open Offices are found everywhere and are hated by those stuck working in them and for good reasons. Open Offices are way overrated.
Open Offices can get extremely loud. If you are doing phone support in an open office it gets distracting because you get to hear all the other conversations going on around you. When a shift end arrives, the noise levels rise dramatically.
Because people are crammed side by side in an open office, colds and flu are readily spread.
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Click on this link to visit the Fast Company website to read their article titled: “Everyone hates open offices. Here’s why they still exist“.
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