Sunday, July 08, 2018

The open office idea is a scam

Employers like open "offices" because they're cheaper than real offices -- you know, with walls and a door. That's it. That's all there is to it.

Oh, you think your company cares about collaboration? Oh really?

The evidence builds. A new study finds:
Contrary to what’s predicted by the sociological literature, the 52 participants studied spent 72% less time interacting face-to-face after the shift to an open office layout. To make these numbers concrete: In the 15 days before the office redesign, participants accumulated an average of around 5.8 hours of face-to-face interaction per person per day. After the switch to the open layout, the same participants dropped to around 1.7 hours of face-to-face interaction per day.

“[In] an internal and confidential management review, [the company’s] executives reported to us qualitatively that productivity, as defined by the metrics used by their internal performance management system, had declined after the redesign to eliminate spatial boundaries.” 
Please don't interact with me. I'm begging you.

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