Open office plan is used by three in every four US companies. The trend has come across widespread popularity with Facebook going for the trend and defining it as the peak of collaboration.
Credible sources such as Harvard Business School have conducted some robust researches over the matter. The results however inspire one towards doing away with the concept altogether.
Let us now take a look at some viable stats derived from segregated studies. In Australia, in an office that is a coworking space, 10% of the workforce contracted tuberculosis.
While open offices do bring in higher savings, sick days among employees are higher as well. The results reflect on overall productivity and employee satisfaction rates.
The top companies that have open working spaces and come in the “Best Places in the World to Work At” lists have office spaces with a difference. Their working spaces are not noisy, messy and hard floored, unlike most office spaces in the 21st century.
It was as an anti cubicle movement that open office spaces initially started out as. Architect Frank Lloyd Wright had envisioned open office as a source of empowerment.
Wright worked upon perfecting an ideal design for an open office. This would grant freedom for employees. Making a direct eye contact with employees would no longer be difficult.
While they would be able to learn from their seniors, they would also promote the feeling that each of the employees is working for the good of the company.
His dream was culminated when the SC Johnson administrative building took up his idea of an open office working space. The building used to have dendriform columns. This rendered higher degrees of strength and stability for the building, but did not disrupt the employee’s line of sight. They had a ceiling that allowed natural light to enter the premises. Similarly, large open spaces in between chairs and desks bought in a higher sense of privacy. Making spontaneous conversations was still possible.
An entire generation of spin-offs came to fore, which performed reasonably well.
Thereafter, open offices operated under concepts of non-hierarchical seating arrangements and egalitarianism. But in truth, they were money saving measures.
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