Apparently 90% of people who work in open plan offices feel more stressed and are less productive than their non-open plan counterparts.
I can see how in a large office, the sheer noise and distraction of people constantly walking past may lead to this… But otherwise, isn’t the stress and lack of productivity more related to stupid people than open plan?
I know if I had a boss who constantly looked over my shoulder and judged me for taking a minute off to browse facebook, I’d feel more stressed… And I wouldn’t be productive if people thought that just because I was physically in eyesight, I was therefore available for questions and conversations at any point.
I think open plan workspaces work awesomely… As long as there are rules. What most people forget is that a little self control goes a long way and just because you work in a place that doesn’t physically shut you off from the rest of the world, doesn’t mean you have free reign to socialise and/or snoop.
It would be a shame if we as a species could no longer trust ourselves to think and act in appropriate ways unless there was some physical barrier in place.