Today, about 70% of all US offices are “open concept” — no cubicles, no partitions, no private desks: just rows of tables and computers, with employees sitting shoulder to shoulder.
This type of work environment is championed for encouraging interaction, collaboration, and openness…
But research tells us otherwise
A recent study out of Harvard Business School that tracked an office redesign from a cubicle to open space found that face-to-face interaction actually decreased by 72%, and workers become far less productive.
Over the years, a number of other studies have found that open plans have similarly detrimental effects, including:
An average 15% decline in productivity
A 50% increase in the likelihood of getting sick
An increase in the number of distractions per hour
In fact, as many as 60% of employees who work in open floor plan spaces report being dissatisfied with them.