Open Office Spaces: How to Be Productive and Effectively Collaborate

Most everyone has seen, or personally experienced the open layout plan which is de rigueur for many office environments. Ordinarily, for this no-frills approach, which is supposed to encourage collaborate effort and team spirit, there is a design of low, or high-placed partitions and a maze of cubicles. Recent study suggests that the actual effect of this standard design may be a far cry from the anticipated one. Rather than feeling a sense of increased interaction, 42,000 respondents indicated less satisfaction with their sense of communal interchange than those using more traditional offices with doors. Even with the negative data available for business owners to peruse, many continue to be enamored of the open plan. Since it does not appear to come down to money, contemplators of the design should take time to note both the legitimate downfalls of the design. Noise is a big minus, according to subjected employees, with conversation proving to be the most distracting. Depending on the situation, white noise machines can be useful. More to the point might be noise-mitigating headphones. A second big concern is lack of privacy, which can make workers feel overcrowded and under scrutiny, two things that can greatly impinge on worker’s ability to concentrate on tasks. Worker’s subjected to open space plans also tend to be out more and have more issues with mistakes and productivity overall.

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