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Kontra Nails It on Open Offices

How many bean counters does it take to finally grok giant open-space office layouts are counterproductive? — Kontra (@counternotions) October 8, 2017 He also points to this New York Times article on office design, which describes a movement away from … Continue reading

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Open Offices and Sickness

In a study that should surprise absolutely no one, a paper in the Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment & Health concludes that occupants of open plan offices take 62% more sick days than those with private offices. (The paper itself … Continue reading

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Joel Spolsky on Open Offices

If you've been around here for awhile, you know my feelings about open offices: despite the self-serving cant from management, they're really about saving money. Everyone who does creative work knows how devastating the constant interruptions can be on productivity … Continue reading

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The Cost of Collaboration

Regular readers know that Irreal has disdain for open plan offices and those who perpetrate them on their hapless employees but, somehow, never on themselves. These office plans are always justified on the grounds of “increased collaboration” but there's a … Continue reading

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