Do Open Plan Office Systems Really Work?

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  • Do Open-plan Office

    Systems Really Work?

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  • Many business owners, employers, and managers have accepted open-plan systems

    because they believe that these promote better communication in the office. In addition,

    these systems help them reduce building costs. In this regard, most owners look at the

    good side of it and neglect the consequences to their workers.

    Do Open-plan Systems Really Work?

    An article published by the Sydney Morning Herald revealed that 9 out of 10 offices in

    Australia are open plan. Many people think that it's the most effective layout due to its

    popularity, but office workers say otherwise. Managers see open plan offices as a way to

    save money and improve collaboration, but many say that makes for a noisy and

    distracting atmosphere in the office. There's the lack of privacy, as well.

  • A study by researchers from Stockholm

    University, which was published in the latest

    edition of Ergonomics, monitored 2,000

    workers to find out the truth behind open-

    plan office spaces. According to them,

    employees in open-plan spaces are likely to

    take more days off. The risks are higher in

    shared workplaces because of infection and

    exposure to environmental stress, like noise.

    Another Swedish research shows that open-

    plan workers have higher blood pressure and

    stress levels because they struggle more due

    to the lack of privacy.

    What System Should Offices Follow?

    The effectiveness of an open-plan system depends on the type of work. It's true that

    collaboration is necessary, but it's best to take note of how employees want to work.

    People have different preferences, which can affect their working pace. One employee

    might be good at ignoring their surroundings, while others can be sensitive.

    If employees need a quiet environment to concentrate on their tasks, then it's best to

    let them have their own office. It doesn't have to be spacious, though. Many

    employees find partitions and other enclosed spaces acceptable. If they can work in

    peace, their productivity can increase.

  • Open-plan spaces might or might not be detrimental to the business's productivity.

    Nonetheless, it's best to know what working conditions employees are comfortable with to

    motivate them to work.