The Negative Backlash of Working in an Open-Plan Office [Infographic]

May 8, 2015

9:00 am

Working at an open-plan office has many benefits, and it’s perceived as cool for startups. But they are not as great as they claim to be when it comes to keeping your employees productive. It’s just not a setup that works for all companies and teams. You’re constantly interrupted. Recent studies have determined that open offices can have “detrimental effects on workplace productivity because of lack of sound privacy.

The open-plan office is by far the most common work environment, and as it turns out, it’s the cheapest and trendiest option offered by most coworking spaces. However, being available to exchange ideas all the time can lead to frequent interruptions of workflow. Also, the lack of privacy can lead to stress.

The solution may be to combine both open and closed offices. If that’s not an option in a particular office, allowing a few days to work from home can also be a great option.

Get VoIP created this infographic, where they look at the ways the open-plan office can backfire:

 

Image Credit: Flickr/Loozrboy

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Camila has been heavily active in South Florida’s tech startup community, where she is a co-host of a local radio show called pFunkcast. Camila previously worked at Greenpeace International and the Organization of the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in various communication roles. A proud Brazilian who spent most of he life in Peru, she is passionate about traveling and documentaries.

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