Do Open Offices Hinder Or Help Collaboration?

Open office plans are touted for encouraging collaboration, reducing real estate costs, and increasing overall productivity. But the lack of privacy and possibly problematic acoustics can also present a downside.


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Open office plans are touted for encouraging collaboration, reducing real estate costs, and increasing overall productivity. But the lack of privacy and possibly problematic acoustics can also present a downside.
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Question of the Week: Open Office Plan

Do Open Offices Hinder Or Help Collaboration?

Posted by Anne Cosgrove

TFM's Question of the Week logo. The shift from a majority of private offices or other closed workspaces to an increasing prevalence of an open plan office design has been in motion for a number of years now. If you’ve adopted the open office plan approach for your facilities, what are the benefits you or your occupants have gained? What challenges have you encountered?

 

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  1. I maintain a series of building which are primarily open-plan office design. The spaces have a number of benefits, like cross collaboration, and a more silo free workspace. But they also lack privacy, wasted secondary circulation areas and a number of incidents surrounding the office thermostat.

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