When the Walls Come Down: Rewriting The Rules of Open Workplace

This report from Oxford Economics talks about the pros and cons of the open workplace and new technology. The findings are based on a global survey. 

The open-plan office is the workplace design that is meant to pay off in terms of business performance. No walls should encourage people to be more engaged, interact and to increase flexibility. But it also comes with drawbacks, such as increased noise, distractions and frustration with technology. 

Some of the key findings from the survey:

  • Workers want to work
  • Technology integration is a work in progress
  • Constant connectivity breeds compulsive behavior - and could lead to burnout
  • The boss does not see the problems

 

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