The Inefficient Open Office


While an open plan office can lead to an easier flow of ideas and collaboration between co-workers, a new study suggests that the resulting noise of these interactions can actually reduce productivity. The alternative of neck-high cubicles like in the beginning of The Matrix, while not appealing, at least offered a little more privacy than the open model. This complaint of reduced privacy, according to a Time Magazine article, as well as several others is actually driving employees away from the free flow of ideas. Read on to get a full report on the open office plan from Time Magazine.

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