Open-Plan Work Spaces Lower Productivity And Employee Morale

By Jeff Baker, posted on July 19, 2019

In recent years, open-plan office spaces became a trend that businesses were quickly jumping on. Many large corporations redid their office design just to accommodate the newly desired open work spaces, but studies show that open work spaces actually reduce productivity and lower employee morale.

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What seemed like a good idea at the time turned out to have opposite of the intended effect: recent studies have shown that open-space work environments actually reduce productivity and lower employee morale. In fact, they led to fewer face-to-face interactions, less collaboration and lower job satisfaction. Today, companies are moving towards giving employees a greater sense of control over their work environment by giving them more privacy.
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