Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

Scratch the surface and most of us are misanthropic recluses

Open plan offices don’t deliver their promised benefits of more face-to-face collaboration and instead make us misanthropic recluses and more likely to use electronic communications tools.

So says a new article in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B, by Harvard academics Ethan S. Bernstein, Stephen Turban. The pair studied two Fortune 500 companies that adopted open office designs and wrote up the results as “The impact of the ‘open’ workspace on human collaboration”.

Source: Open plan offices flop – you talk less, IM more, if forced to flee a cubicle

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