Open Office Space Layouts Bad for Employee Concentration?

The debate continues about what kind of office space layout is best for companies today:  Open or a hard-wall office for everyone?  In a recent post I shared an example of one company who moved to an open office layout to encourage employee collaboration.  According to this article open office space layouts are making it difficult for employees to concentrate and get their jobs done!

Obviously every employees job functions are different and may require more concentration than others.  For example computer programmers and software engineers need more privacy than others so they can focus on the task at hand.  Others who are trying to read and write difficult topics could benefit from having a private office.

According to the study 1 out of 4 employees think their office environment Is not ideal compared to others with private offices.

What do you think?  Where is the future of workspace design headed?

 

 

 

 

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