5 Negative Impact of Open-Plan Office Design

What is an ideal workplace?

Two-thirds of employees prefer to build relationships face-to-face, and the majority of us prefer to build that connection in an ideal workplace. But what is an ideal workplace?

Private to open plan and, more recently, to no desk at all… Is it a success? While few say a ‘yes’, a lot say ‘no’. Different spaces are needed to support different tasks and different personalities. Sleep pods, library spaces, mobile-free zones and cafes are becoming standard features of any new office designs. Employees are encouraged to move between the different areas based on what they are doing at the time. Tasks such as taking a phone call, holding a meeting, doing work that requires focus and quiet or work that needs collaboration with others are all allocated separate areas. While some employees see this as a positive move, the changes often don’t go far enough to allow concentrated, productive work. What if your co-workers are just noisy people in general? The new facebook and Apple headquarters are based on the concept of an open office. Though to build it cost billions, a number of employees are refusing to move from their old offices into these offices. 

So, if you’re planning an office design, here are few disadvantages that you should consider:


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Human tendency is to feel free and talk at length when they cannot be overheard. Lengthy face-to-face or online discussions are usually best carried out in private offices or meeting rooms. This is because every person has different way of approach to a situation. Some people are shy about public speaking, and others don’t like asking questions or pitching ideas for fear of being laughed at, so they stay quiet instead. While open office layouts are supposed to find a happy medium, there is always going to be someone who is unhappy and needs their quiet space
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