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Open plan offices aren’t all that great

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Are you falling sick often and feeling more stressed out at work? If your office has an open-plan layout, there is a possibility that this office design could be the cause of your condition.

Research has found that having an open-plan design can have an overwhelmingly negative impact on employees, with 90% reporting a deterioration of health and adverse psychological effects. Conflict, elevated blood pressure and rapid staff turnover are all associated with open-plan offices as well.

“Employees can face a lot of problems like the loss of privacy, loss of identity, low work productivity and low job satisfaction when working in an open plan work environment,” says Dr Vinesh Oomen, research author from the Queensland University of Technology.

So while an open-plan office can help save on precious space and promote higher interaction among co-workers, it can also make you sick and stressed as well. What do you think? Do the benefits of an open plan environment outweigh the costs?


Written by nasirah

January 19, 2009 at 11:41 am

Posted in Healthcare

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  1. […] Read more from the original source:  Open plan offices aren’t all that great […]

  2. Here, here. Its nice to have a cubicle sometimes because you have a bit of privacy and space, and are somewhat protected from noisy staff such as sales employees. A total open-plan office is a nightmare.


    January 23, 2009 at 5:47 pm

  3. Yeah, while I like working in an open-office plan because of how easy it is to talk to other people, sometimes the noise and lack of privacy gets to me as well.

    Lisa Cheong

    January 23, 2009 at 5:56 pm

  4. The reverberation in an open-plan office is discombobulating.

    And yeah, there is no way to hide from neighborly flatulence when your seatmate is literally one seat away. And the weird outta nowhere laughs – distracting. So loud. Can’t hear myself think.

    On the plus side,

    Gossip Girl

    Gossip Girl

    February 4, 2009 at 4:42 pm

  5. […] digging? Sometimes you can’t help but overhear stuff, can you? This must be the only time when open-plan offices can be great after […]

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