As surprising as it sounds, research supports that upward of 70 percent of U.S. offices have taken the open office model. But just because it works for Facebook does not mean it works for everyone. Lindsey Kaufman looks at the potential problems in an article for The Washington Post.
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An open floor plan can maximize floor space and minimize costs, which is terrific in theory, except that it generates myriad visual and audio distractions that were never a problem before. The fact that people can more easily talk to each other in an open office is also irrelevant, because on average, nobody in traditional offices has a problem communicating with other people in the first place. Kaufman, frustrated from firsthand experience with an open floor plan, finds that just allowing people to work from home could be a more productive and all-around happier solution. For more, you can read the full article here: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2014/12/30/google-got-it-wrong-the-open-office-trend-is-destroying-the-workplace/