Even the BBC is getting on board with the fact that the open office space movement might just have been a horrible idea. But how many organizations are going to be willing to spend the money on changing the office environment, after they just spent money designing these to begin with? Too many offices have gone all-in with the concept, even making it part of their pitch to potential employees and customers. But it’s only attracting people who like to interrupt others and not focus.
“Numerous companies have embraced the open office — about 70% of US offices are open concept — and by most accounts, very few have moved back into traditional spaces with offices and doors. But research that we’re 15% less productive, we have immense trouble concentrating and we’re twice as likely to get sick in open working spaces, has contributed to a growing backlash against open offices.”