I keep looking for even a single study showing that open plan office layouts are in any way a good idea, and I keep coming up empty. Study after study show that open layout offices are a bad idea. They’re terrible for the productivity, morale, and health of the employees. Some studies show they actually diminish the collaboration their proponents say they foster.
Here, in no particular order, is an evolving collection of resources showing how open plan office layouts are hurting your company.
- From Cubicles, Cry for Quiet Pierces Office Buzz
- Open plan offices attract highest levels of worker dissatisfaction: study
- How to Stay Productive In an Open Working Environment
- This Is Why You Shouldn’t Interrupt a Programmer
- Research: Cubicles Are the Absolute Worst
- Offices For All! Why Open-Office Layouts Are Bad For Employees, Bosses, And Productivity
- “Silence is for the weak”
- The Open-Office Trap
- Employees Perform Better When They Can Control Their Space
- Remaking Open Offices So Introverts Don’t Hate Them
- Great Moments in the Cubicle’s 50-Year History
- Why The Open Office Makes You Distracted, Exhausted, And Insecure
- The surprising history of the cubicle and the rest of the modern office
- Effects of Interior Design on Wellness: Theory and Recent Scientific Research [PDF]
- Why even engineers think working from home is a bad idea
- Why We (Still) Believe in Private Offices
- But Where Do People Work in This Office?
- Google got it wrong. The open-office trend is destroying the workplace.
- More Office Workers Switching To Fetal Position Desks (The Onion)
- The Correct Floor Plan For Your Startup (humor)
- You get back to that goddamn cubicle and start thinking outside of the box. (cartoon)
- Stop Noise from Ruining Your Open Office
- How to Make Your Open Plan Office Suck Less