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The open plan office was a bad idea

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The open plan office was a bad idea

Post Neon Knight on Sun 21 Jan - 1:00

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-5284465/Employees-share-space-dissatisfied-work.html

   * Open plan office workers have low levels of job satisfaction
   * In open plan offices people find it hard to have meaningful conversations  
   * Workers are also more often distracted and less productive when sharing space

If you hate your job, the layout of your office may be to blame. New research has found that, far from creating an cooperative environment, open plan offices can make employees miserable. The study found that staff that work in an open environment are distracted, irritated and find it difficult to have a good conversation with colleagues. Previous research has also claimed that office workers are more easily distracted when they share space with others.

The study was carried out by researchers from the CTF, Service Research Centre at Karlstad University in Sweden. They looked at the link between the type of office and the satisfaction levels of staff. Dr Tobias Otterbring, lead author of the study, said: 'The results show a negative relationship between the number of co-workers sharing an office and employees' job satisfaction.'

As well as lower levels of job satisfaction, open plan office workers are interrupted every three minutes, a futurologist has claimed. This is according to Dr Nicole Millard, who specialises in data, analytics and emerging technology at BT. She believes large offices are inefficient and predicts they will die out, according to reports in The Telegraph.

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