Office privacy has become the next big adventure in office design. Over the past 30 years, the open office concept has shoved its way past more traditional designs to become the most popular office setting in America. Almost seven out of every ten offices now use this concept in one fashion or another.
A recent article by Maria Konnikova on NewYorker.com talks about the detrimental effects of open plan offices. The title of her article, “The Open-Office Trap,” shows you where she stands on the subject. She points to a study by an organizational psychologist Matthew Davis which found that “though open offices often fostered a symbolic sense of organizational mission, making employees feel like part of a more laid-back, innovative enterprise, they were damaging to:
- Attention span
- Creative thinking and