These results surprised me, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense.
“Across both experiments, employees’ social interactions in person decreased by a crazy 70 percent, while emails saw an uptick by roughly 20 to 50 percent.
So, instead of spending more time “collaborating” with co-workers in the sprawling new space where everyone could see them, people got their heads down and tried to preserve their privacy any way they could (hello, huge headphones).”
Think about it, if you work in an open office space, every single conversation becomes a massive distraction to the people around you. Instead of walking over to someone’s “private” space and having a conversation, it’s much easier to send an email or instant message than have to drag 5 other people into your conversation.
Just stop with the open office plans already. Or at least admit you did it to save money on space. It’s not promoting collaboration the way you planned it to.