It’s personal, because I in a former employment fought against being moved into an open-plan office alongside my colleagues and we lost. We didn’t just say “we don’t like open-plan offices”, no, we argued from research.
And still, a new management wanted open-plan offices and we got them. Now, the move was not the reason the company went bankrupt shortly thereafter, but it did.
We argued that research from the past quarter of a century and more shows that open-plan offices
- increase stress
- lower performance
- increase sick days
- increase mistakes
- lower cooperation – the anti-thesis of the famed “synergy” argument for open-plan offices
But, as I said, to no avail. I believe some managements believe that open-plan offices are cost-saving.
And then along came 2020 and COVID-19, and finally some people have hope. I don’t think we’ll get rid of open-plan offices, because quite a lot of people ending up in management think people are only working when they can see them working, and quite a lot of employees actually like open-plan offices, with the noise and fights for attention.
I do hope we get rid of them, though.