Listen Now: The End of The Open Office Floor Plan
It’s been twenty-five years since the open office plan was introduced, and it could be a thing of the past.
According to Inc.com, in 1994 an italian architect unveiled the idea of an open office plan. He compared it to a huge living room with open space and comfortable chairs. But over the years, it became apparent the open office might be more trouble than it’s worth.
Larger computers and more screens meant people were crammed together with very little privacy. And now, because of the current pandemic and the complete overhaul of how we work, the open office space could be gone forever.
Right now most people are working from home but when they return there will be health and safety concerns to consider. People will still need to keep their distance which means no coworkers at their elbows. People will need to be spread further apart and common areas will need to be cleaned more often.
And no doubt some workers will continue to work from home, allowing companies to cut back on sky high office rents.
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