by | Jul 13, 2018

PrivacyWant your employees to be more open with each other? Close them off.

One of the more popular trends for office spaces is an open floor plan. Where individual cubicles are abolished and everyone is out in the open sharing the space. And while the design is meant to get people to participate in a little more face-to-face interaction, it’s actually having the opposite effect.

According to a study by Harvard Business School and Harvard University, moving to an open office plan actually causes a drop in collaboration. For example, 73% reported less time in face-to-face interactions, 67% spent more time on e-mail and 75% spent more time on instant messenger.

Researchers say that people like privacy and like to speak one-on-one as opposed to having everyone hear their conversation. This means that if companies don’t provide some sort of privacy such as cubicles people will turn to whatever means of private communication available.

So basically all a company’s employees might just as well be working from home, after all you can’t get more private than that.

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