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Open Plan Office – Good or Bad for Productivity & Happiness?

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
  • Productivity
  • Creative thinking and
  • Satisfaction

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