June 23, 2016
In recent years, a trend sweeping the corporate community has involved the open office concept, consisting of a spacious environment with shared workspaces. Though studies have shown collaborative increases in such set-ups, concentration tends to suffer.
A recent report by Oxford Economics and Plantronics demonstrated a huge disconnect between employees and management when it comes to open office plans. For example, 39% of executives believed that ambient noise impacts employee productivity. Though bosses felt employees could deal with distractions at work, less than half of those employees surveyed agreed.
“If companies are not careful,” the researchers warn, “workers may turn conference rooms into de facto offices, defeating the purpose of both open-plan layouts and shared meeting spaces.”