While many companies are eliminating cube walls in an attempt to foster more collaboration between employees, a recent study shows this could be achieving the opposite effect.
Harvard University found that face-to-face communication between employees decreased by 70% after office floorplans were opened up. The study discovered workers withdrew from each other socially, preferring to communicate via email or instant messages.
Other employees reported feeling less creative, citing the need for quiet, secluded spaces to work most efficiently.
Other harmful effects
Not only can open offices hurt collaboration and productivity, but they can actually do damage to employees’ physical and