Has your workplace adopted an open office floor plan?
Have you experienced your work and train of thought being interrupted in the middle of typing an urgent, complicated report?
Are there times when you just want to scream and shout at your office mates for being so noisy? Don’t worry. You're not alone.
In fact, studies have shown that people working in both open-plan and cubicle settings are unhappy about the amount of sound privacy they have at work. A small number of those who have their own offices expressed the same sentiment.
Of course, the open-plan office has accomplished a few things: more face time with your colleagues, maximized space and the resulting cost savings.
But it hasn’t really done much for employees in terms of the level of collaboration, quality of communication, and productivity. Instead, people complain that being out in the open, forced to share space at close quarters, discourages open communication and leads people to lose focus, thereby reducing productivity and delaying work.