I wrote an article titled 'The open plan fallacy
' just two weeks ago. Earlier this week a similar article
was published by the New York Times. The content of that article wasn't particularly extraordinary, but the comments were. I waded through all of them on my daily commute, and it's really hard to find one in favor of open plan offices - people seem to be enraged.
I handpicked some of the most interesting ones.
Research by Emberson et.al. (Psychological Science, 2010) demonstrate both the impairment in performance for people forced to listen to half a phone
conversation and the neurological impossibility of "tuning out" these overheard conversations. The office experience has been described as trying to drive a car full of people all talking on their cell phones.
It's preferable to have to make the effort to collaborate than the effort to focus on one's work amidst a distracting open workplace. My profession, architecture, does require a high degree of collaboration, but also a need for intense, individual concentration working on complicated 3D computer models and details.. and long hours being in "the zone". My firm provides private offices for all of its staff and a variety...(Read whole news on source site)