• In open offices, workers chat 70% less, are less productive, and email more

    4 days ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / Looks like someone has a case of the Mondays.
    Tearing down walls and cubicles in offices may actually build up more barriers to productivity and collaboration, according to a new study .
    Employees at two Fortune 500 multinational companies saw face-to-face interaction time drop by about 70 percent, the use of email increase between 22 percent and 56 percent, and productivity slip after their traditional office spaces were converted to open floor plans-that is, ones without walls or cubicles that ostensibly create barriers to interaction. The findings, published recently in the...
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