More evidence to show open-plan offices are bad for productivity

Open Plan Office

Dezeen reports on a survey from of 1,000 Australian workers carried out by the Auckland University of Technology.  

Those with their own offices, those who work from home and those who share a space with just one or two others reported the highest levels of concentration and colleague friendship.

More interestingly, the report also predicts that:

Future workers may have little or no expectation that their employer will provide either privacy, or their own designated space.

That’s pretty sad, until you realise that not only does technology allow us to spend less time having to be face-to-face to get things done, but alternative ways of structuring organisations (like co-ops!) allow for greater worker autonomy.

Image CC BY-NC-ND John Blower